The Air Force plans to retire 250 older aircraft.

In its fiscal 2023 budget request, the Air Force requests that Congress retire 150 planes, including 33 of its advanced F-22 fighters.

It would also transfer 100 MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft to another government agency and purchase over 82 new planes.

Congress allowed the Air Force to divest all but 42 A-10s from the 201 legacy types it asked to retire in the fiscal 2022 budget.

They will most likely seek to replace the E-3 AWACS with the Boeing E-7 Wedgetail.

It will also limit the purchase of the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter to 75 aircraft rather than 113.

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall's "operational imperatives" include two new unmanned aircraft.

The Air Force wants to retire 21 jets from the Air National Guard facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and replace them with 21 F-16s.

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