Despite the current woes of the F-35 strike fighter program, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 2, 2010, that he has no intention of revisiting the idea of building more F-22 fighters. Gates was successfully in getting the Congress to agree in 2009 to cap F-22 production at 187 aircraft. That size of inventory, possible delays to the F-35 entering service, and the emergence of the Russian fifth generation PAK FA fighter are disconcerting, said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) at the same hearing. Here, the PAK FA prototype during its inaugural flight in the Russian Far East, Jan, 29, 2010
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