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General Charles Q Brown, head of the US Air Force, has called into question the future of America’s most expensive combat aircraft project, the F-35 – which Britain is buying for the Navy and RAF.
General Brown has ordered a report, to be delivered in a month, for the types of aircraft the USAF will need for the next ten years. In particular, he is looking for a new strike aircraft, designed from “a clean sheet”. It is to replace the F-16 Flying Falcon, which has been in service with US forces for 28 years. The General’s comments regarding the future of the F-35 were first reported this week in two US specialist flight magazines, Air Force Magazine and Breaking Defence.