According to a new study.
How To Beat Russia and China in a War: More F-35s and B-21 Stealth Bombers
The study also suggested looking into tanker drones, which could move into lower threat zones within a contested environment, providing resources to planes in the fight without putting crews at risk.
The U.S. Air Force has revealed what it thinks it needs to dominate the world’s skies in a potential conflict with Russia or China- and a new study claims the estimates might not be enough to win the day.
(This first appeared last month.)
In a rare move of underestimation by the notoriously money-hungry Air Force, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) released a study suggesting the USAF spends more than it should in order to ensure American remains ‘king of the skies.’
CSBA suggested that the USAF not only bolster its current force of fighters and bombers but also invest in stealthy drones, unmanned reconnaissance planes, and futuristic refueling tankers.
According to Defense News, the study called for a large amount of growth. It called for fighter squadrons should increase from 55 to 65, bomber squadrons expand from 9 to 24, and strike/reconnaissance drone units should ballon from 25 to 43 squadrons.
Interestingly enough, the RC-135 reconnaissance plane and RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone units were selected to be cut from 40 to 33 squadrons. In addition, it was suggested that the B-1 Lancer be retired.