Jetpack aircraft are being marketed in the United States for the first time, with the Air Force and the Air National Guard starting to sell the planes.
The Air Force will start selling the jetpacks in the next month or so, and the Army is also planning to sell them in 2019.
The jets have been a mainstay of the military’s aircraft portfolio for decades.
But the Air Power program is the first to sell jetpacks domestically since the Air Commanders of Europe program of the 1990s.
It will replace the older F-16 Fighting Falcon jets.
The F-35 is an upgrade to the F-22 Raptor jet that the AirForce is buying for $100 billion, which will replace nearly all of the F/A-18 Hornet fighters that were sold to the Air Forces in 2010 and 2020.
The Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon’s top-of-the-line fighter, will be phased out by 2021.
“This program is a major milestone for the Air and Marine Forces and our nation,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Paul Selva said in a statement.
The new jetpacks will be able to handle up to 60,000 pounds and have a range of up to 50 nautical miles.
The jetpacks are expected to be ready in 2021.
The Pentagon’s announcement comes just weeks after it announced it would purchase 523 F-15s for $3.6 billion.
The U.S. Air Force has been working on jetpacks for more than 40 years, including the F15, which was introduced in the mid-1980s.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is run by the Air Mobility Command, is now working on a jetpack, which the Pentagon is hoping will be ready for use in 2021, and also to be used in the future.
It’s unclear when jetpacks might become a common military use, or whether they will replace aircraft, but it is possible that some will be used more often in the years ahead.