Some nuclear-capable U.S. long-range bombers are to be grounded for the rest of the current fiscal year due to lack of sufficient Air Force funding caused by the federal sequester, Defense News reported on Monday.
The service's allocation for flying time was cut by $591 million for the rest of fiscal 2013, which ends on Sept. 30. Without the full funding it is not possible for all Air Force flying units to maintain their combat-readiness status, necessitating the decision to ground some squadrons.
The Air Force Global Strike Command's 2nd and 5th bomb wings, stationed respectively out of Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, have been grounded.
The service has cautioned that the 18-percent reduction in practice flying time this year will cause combat readiness to fall to "suboptimal levels."