The US Defense Department’s $773 billion budget that was requested, includes fewer F-35s than had been originally desired.
The budget proposal submitted on Monday calls for the purchase of 61 F-35s in the fiscal year 2023, which begins on October 1. The proposal calls for the purchase of 33 F-35As for the Air Force and 28 F-35Cs and F-35Bs for the US Navy and Marine Corps.
Those numbers don’t follow the 94 F-35s approved and requested by the United States Pentagon in the fiscal year 2023. This means that the United States Air Force will receive about 33 fewer fighter jets as a result of this change.
The reports came at a time when Canada announced its intention to purchase 88 F-35 fighter jets to replace its aging fighter aircraft, making Ottawa the third ally or partner of the United States to commit to purchasing the Joint Strike Fighter in recent weeks.
Officials from the military claimed the reductions were necessary because of critical military prioritization during briefings on Monday and stated that the budget will probably go to US Navy.