In the wake of rising tensions with China and to boost the competitiveness, the US Air Force is making cuts in its ISR inventory. According to a top U.S general, it is a step towards taking calculated risks in intelligence, operations, and examining its aircraft portfolio.
The Air Force in its 2022 fiscal budget proposed mothballing its four E-8 JSTARS aircrafts and RQ-4 Global Hawk. The E-8 JSTARS aircrafts are used by the US Air Force for ground surveillance and targeting attackers while RQ-4 Global Hawk is a surveillance drone.
Rose Riley the spokeswoman told that the service plans to drop 56 combat lines in the FY22. However the service will retain the MQ-9 aircraft. He said, the Block 30 Global Hawks and Reaper are critical for carrying out missions but are not that resilient to fight against one of the U.S.’ greatest adversaries like China.