Given the outlook on the next 10-12 military budgets (thru about 2022), I can see the US Congress ordering suts in the numbers of F-35A/B/Cs the DOD wants. The price per unit is escalating at a rate that even the US cannot afford. How long will it be before the F-22A looks like a bargan to the USAF
This actually may put Boeing in a good position to supullement the F-35A with F-15SE, the USN
F-35Cs and USMC
F-35Bs with F/A-18E/Fs. Also the LM
F-16E/F line could benefit and possibly reopen the F-22A line if the price gets right.
So, the F-15SE could have some life in the USAF
could save some money by reducing the KC
-X buy from 179 tankers to 108 tankers. This would make 5 active squadrons with 12 aircraft each and 6 ANG/USAFR squadrons with 8 aircraft each. Another 108 tankers could happen if the USAF
upgrades 108 KC
-135Es to the KC
-135R, or better.
That would give the USAF
-767NG equivelent tankers, or 168 equivelent A-330MRTT tankers for the same price as 179 KC