Cuts Threaten Air Force’s Next-Gen Weapons: Donley

The U.S. Air Force is pursuing next-generation aircraft such as…

The U.S. Air Force is pursuing next-generation aircraft such as the F-35 fighter jet and new long-range bomber despite the threat of automatic budget cuts, the service’s top civilian said.

The Air Force this year may buy as many as five fewer Lockheed Martin Corp.-made F-35As for a total of 15 aircraft rather than 19 because of automatic cuts, known as sequestration. It may be forced to make a similar move in fiscal 2014, which begins Oct. 1.

The service wants to award contracts to begin developing the so-called Long Range Strike Bomber in the next year or two, according to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. But that program and others designed to upgrade its aging fleets of aircraft are threatened by the across-the-board spending reductions.

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