U.S. senators demand Pentagon release F-22 reports
Six U.S. senators on Friday demanded Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England release three government-funded reports that call for additional purchases of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) F-22 "Raptor" fighter jets beyond the currently planned level of 183.
The senators said they were concerned by the recent grounding of the Air Force's 700-plus fleet of Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) F-15s, India's recent decision to join Russia's effort to develop a new fighter jet, and the Air Force's statements that it really needs 381 F-22s, although it can only afford 183.
"We continue to be perplexed by the Department of Defense's insistence that only 183 F-22As should be procured," the senators wrote in the letter, which was obtained by Reuters.
They asked England to let Congress examine in full three separate reports that reportedly concluded that a far greater number of F-22s was needed, and to make public the reports' conclusions about the minimum number of F-22s needed.
The fix is in?
[Edited 2007-11-09 12:35:13]