How many American fighters are ready for combat right now

The American magazine Popular Mechanics, citing the US Accounts Chamber, spoke about the state of the military park

aircraft of the country at the moment. Discuss

The publication claims that, on average, only halfcombat aircraft are ready to perform operational tasks right now. For example, for 2021, about 50% of the 186 fifth-generation F-22 Raptor fighters advertised by the United States are ready for combat missions at any time. Not the most rosy picture is emerging in relation to other aircraft.

As noted, according to the report of the Accounts Chamber, the situation looks like this:

  • B-1 Lancer supersonic strategic bombers - only 40.7% are ready for a real war, while 52% were planned;
  • heavy military transport aircraft C-5M Super Galaxy - 57.5%, planned 75%;
  • KC-135 Stratotanker tankers - 71.1%, should have been 100%;
  • transporters C-130T Hercules - 32.4%, had to prepare 75%;
  • tankers KC-130T - 36.5%, and it is necessary in accordance with the budget 75%;
  • F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter-bombers - 51%, you need 75%;
  • P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft - 67.2%, planned 80%.

“The Pentagon’s huge fleet of military aircraft is much less powerful than it looks,” Popular Mechanics said in a publication.