Keys said the F-22 could be a prodigy in electronic attack. Not only will it be in the vicinity of enemy radars, it will have a lot of raw power to jam, and in the future could be used to conduct information attacks. Former Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper (Ret.) used to describe such an attack as convincing a surface-to-air radar system that it’s a dishwasher and that it should begin the rinse cycle.
Whether the F-35 fighter will get new engines from the Air Force’s cutting-edge Adaptive Engine Transition Program is a question that needs to be resolved at the Defense Department level, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told lawmakers May 17—and he anticipates an answer in the 2024 budget.