F-117A retirement proposal expected to draw Hill scrutiny Aerospace Daily02/10/2004 The U.S. Air Force's plan to retire about a fifth of its Lockheed Martin F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighters is expected to draw scrutiny in Congress. The Air Force, which is proposing the reduction as part of its recently released fiscal 2005 budget request, estimates that retiring 10 of its 52 F-117As would save $73.6 million, which would be freed for other priorities. The service insisted in a statement that it would retain sufficient stealthy, precision strike capability with the remaining F-117As, as well as the B-2 bomber and the planned procurement of the F/A-22 Raptor, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). But some lawmakers are questioning whether the Air Force can really afford to make such a cut in the F-117A fleet, which is based at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and which has been used in several conflicts over the past decade and a half, including both wars with Iraq. "I really want to see the justifications for the reduction in F-117 stealth fighters at Holloman," said Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense panel. The F-117A proposal is one of several Air Force aircraft retirement plans that will likely receive close attention on Capitol Hill. The Air Force is seeking to shrink its KC-135E tanker fleet by 68 aircraft, including 41 in FY '05, but Congress has questioned whether such a reduction should be made before the Defense Department decides whether to acquire new tankers (DAILY, Jan. 20). The Air Force also wants to retire 18 B-52 bombers, but Congress has rejected similar proposals in the past. The Air Force's FY '05 budget request also seeks to retire five EC-130Es, 61 T-37Bs, six C-141Bs, nine C-141Cs, six C-5As, four C-9s and one T-43. - Marc Selinger (marc_selinger@AviationNow.com)
Continuo a achar que apesar de qualidade do equipamento, em certas ocasiões, a quantidade conta
Quantos caças tem a Espanha?
Quanto aos C-130 julgo que são aviões de transporte estratégico, mas para curtas e médias distâncias: imagine um cenário de conflito ou ajuda humanitária em Moçambique (como aconteceu aquando das cheias), por exemplo: quantas escalas para reabastecimentos necessitariam de fazer os C-130 ou numa operação em Timor? Com um C-17 esse problema deixaria de se colocar, pelo que acredito que o nosso Governo deveria encarar a sério essa possibilidade. Quanto aos substitutos dos actuais Aviocar, acredito que possam ser melhores e maiores, mas nunca competirão com os C-130 (penso eu de que...)
Uns SR-71, pois então?