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The American fifth generation fighter F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II achieved 80% operational readiness in the current year, reports Breaking Defense a statement by the candidate on a post of the Minister of defense Mark Esper.
Speaking about the main obstacles in the implementation of the plans, Esper reported that the F-22 Raptor is facing the problem of maintenance of stealth coating, and the F-35 Lightning II — the supply of lights (the clear part of the cockpit). He noted that fourth-generation fighters F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet can reach 80% operational capability in 2019.
The American edition reminds that earlier James Mattis, who served as head of the Pentagon, has put the air force and Navy (air force and Navy), the U.S. goal by the end of September of the current year to achieve an 80 percent operational readiness of F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.
In June it became known that the F-35A Lightning II (version of the fighter for the air force) of the 12th the party will cost the Pentagon $ 81 million, less all previous prices for this model airplane.
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