The Dutch parliament approved the acquisition of eight F-35A strike fighters, the Netherlands' first batch of F-35A production jets, to begin recapitalizing the country's F-16 fleet starting in 2019, according to a press report.
Afghan air force close air support is a key capability gap that must be filled to enable coalition forces to hand more security responsibility over to Afghan forces, US Forces Afghanistan Commander Army Gen. John Campbell told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.
though the Air Force has “done our best” to “protect” funding for the F-35,
KC-46 tanker, and Long-Range Strike Bomber, if sequester returns, those
programs will still be under “tremendous stress,” Air Force acquisition chief
William LaPlante told the House legislators Wednesday.
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