The U.S. Air Force is considering changing the status of older F-22 Raptor generation fighter models, which are currently being used to train pilots, from training to operational combat, Breaking Defense reports.
The publication notes that the U.S. military came to this decision, in particular, due to a lack of engines for F-22 Raptor fighters, the production of which was stopped several years ago.
In May, the F-22 Raptor crashed in Florida near the US Air Force Eglin Air Base.
In March, the American military-industrial company Lockheed Martin supplied the customer with the five hundredth fifth-generation serial fighter F-35 Lightning II.
Between 1996 and 2011, Lockheed Martin produced 187 production F-22 Raptor.