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The Air Force May Soon Be Shopping for a New Fighter Jet

March 3, 2021
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The U.S. Air Force isn’t ruling out bringing a new fighter jet into its inventory as it looks to replace older, fourth-generation F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, according to the service’s top general.

As the service tries to determine the right mix of aircraft for its future inventory, it’s considering the idea of a new fighter that falls somewhere between fourth- and fifth-generation airframes — one that could easily be upgraded throughout its life, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown said last week.

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