The US Air Force’s proposed budget for FY2019 calls for a 12 percent increase from FY2018 and includes increasing the number of F-35As, KC-46 tankers, MQ-9 Reapers.
According to budget documents released by the Pentagon Monday, the Air Force hopes to acquire 48 F-35A fighters in 2019 along with 15 KC-46 tankers which is the same as in the previous two years. Planning to retire MQ-1s starting from this year, USAF wants to buy 29 MQ-9s as replacement.
The funding for B-21 bombers is also included in the budget proposal as B-1 and B-2s are slated to be retired, as well. Another increase in FY2019 budget will be for the new Advanced Pilot Trainer, or T-X, from $106 million in 2018 to $265 million in 2019.