Bridging the Gap Between the 5th and 6th Generation Fighters

Bridging the Gap Between the 5th and 6th Generation Fighters

Highlights from the FY2020 Air Force Budget! The U.S. Air Force is requesting $165.6 billion in fiscal 2020, an increase of about $10 billion more than FY19 that the service intends to use to advance readiness as well as spearhead technology development. Out of this budget, $57.7 billion will be used to procure a wide array of aircraft and solutions needed to ensure air dominance for the foreseeable future.

In addition, a considerable amount, roughly $15 billion will be invested in expanding, modifying and complimenting their 5th generation fighter. Though experts expect the 6th generation of fighters to start replacing F-35s as early as 2030, the budget numbers listed in this infographic re-affirm the Air Force’s commitment to 5th generation fighters. Download this USAF fighter budget at-a-glance to find out exactly where the Air Force plans to invest their procurement budget in 2020 and how these investments, as well as those in R&D, will help close the gap between the 6th and 5th generation fighters.

Provides an overview of:

  • 5th generation fighter acquisitions and upgrades 
  • The Block 4 Modernization Program
  • Penetrating Counter Air Program
  • 6th generation fighter R&D

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