United States Air Force confirmed it will move
forward with F-35 Joint Strike Fighter adoption in the future,
despite numerous delays and budget issues related to development. The
F-35 is expected to push the F-15, F-16 and A-10 programs closer to
retirement, with the Air Force currently uninterested in launching
additional programs to extend the lifeline of any of the
fighters.Recent Air Force budget outlines indicates $70
billion will be used to purchase 602 F-35 Lightning II aircraft over
the net 10 years. The F-35 was expected to enter
operational capability in 2013, but has been pushed back until 2016.
Until the F-35 is available, the Air Force will continue to repair
and maintain its F-15s, F-16s and A-10s, according to military
testimony in front of the air-land subcommittee controlled by the
Senate Armed Services Committee."The Air Force
to the [F-35] Joint Strike Fighter to be our solution to
recapitalization," noted Lt. Gen Mark Shackleford, USAF military
deputy for acquisition. "We are focused on the
fifth-generation fighter."Lockheed Martin is under
additional scrutiny to get the struggling JSF program back on track,
as the USAF, Navy and Marine Corps anxiously await F-35 rollout.The
Marine Corps also said
it will stay committed to the JSF program -- USMC is
expected to receive the F-35B Lightning II -- but also urged the
military contractor to make improvements.
quote: The US in its history has never gone to war with a major air power having a decent air superiority plane, either due to poor thought in designs, or in the case of the F105, idiotic engagement policies
quote: I still think it would have been a better idea to add some ground attack capability and revise/eliminate the expensive stealth covering on the F-22.
quote: nor is he a racists since he is HALF WHITE.
quote: CAN'T FLY IN THE RAIN. Yes, RAIN will damage the plane.
quote: This is the present, the F22 program started about 20+ years ago! Since then, the UAVs (Unmanned Ariel Vehicle) have advanced and are able to do things that can't be done by a pilot (it would kill them)... so in a few years, if China or Russia Gen-5 fighters came over here, our numerous UAVs would blow them out of the sky. For every F22, about 100 UAV fighters could be built.
quote: PS: Another latest fox/GOP nonsense... "Taxpayers to pay for bank bailouts" - er, no. The plan is that the BANKS will be forced into paying for their own bailouts, kind of like an insurance. Since Wallstreet is STILL playing games with OUR money and lives... what does it matter if they're too big to fail and have the country borrow and bail them out, again?
quote: for someone like YOU who may talk about "waste of money" - that is what the F22 was, unfortunately. And the MIC (Military-industrial complex) should stop wasting our money
quote: The F22 exceeds and beats the F35 in any objective comparison. Frankly the F35 is a flying pig in comparison. So how it it a waste of money when it's here, ready to go, and the F35 still isn't ???
quote: Yes, including the cost. However, in air superiority roles, one F-22 is better than two F-35 (is faster, stealthier, carries more missiles both internal and external, and I think is even more maneuverable). The F-35 already has equal opponents (Russian PAK-FA, who can outrun and out-turn small air-to-air missiles), but F-22 is still in a class of its own.
quote: I guess what I am saying is that air superiority is a completely different ball game than it was in 1960
quote: How is it "the opposite of reality"?
quote: Again, someone doesn't know anything trying to act like he's all-knowing.
quote: Except he loathes the white part...
quote: ...referring to his white grandmother who raised him as a "typical white person"...
quote: he's certainly not as politically correct as he demands everyone else be.
quote: but I just don't think I can get behind the racist claim yet.
quote: I think Obama in his short year plus has more facetime behind a TV camera than ANY President ever has.
quote: Blame the black guy for now stopping the job-loss in this country like turning a faucet. Unlike a year+ ago, jobs are slowly coming back.
quote: I hope you're not alluding to the 160,000 or so jobs added in March, the majority of which had much to do with the 2010 Census, because then you'd be spewing more bullshit.
quote: Get a clue lifer-deather-becker-fixnews anti-american facist racist lover of social support for the rich tea-bagger.
quote: Obamamedia sure won't do any negative reporting on the one way express train to economic ruin, world instability, and America-killing freedoms and liberties The Teleprompter In Chief and his fascist goons in congress are taking us all down.
quote: Teleprompter In Chief
quote: "racism" as a gutter ball argument version of crying wolf. Last I checked, the head of the GOP was BLACK .
quote: we don't have a mulsim president, nor is he a racists since he is HALF WHITE
quote: "But she [Obama's Grandmother] is a typical white person who, uh, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know there's a reaction that's been been bred into our experiences that don't go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way and that's just the nature of race in our society."
quote: Another latest fox/GOP nonsense... Since Wallstreet is STILL playing games with OUR money and lives...
quote: I'm going to tell you a little secret that you and the rest of the delusional retards that get all their infomation from the leftist media havent yet figured out
quote: Big companies are not evil! Without them you would have no way to log onto dailytech or spew your drivel all over the internet! They produce the products and support the wages that make modern life possible.
quote: Hopefully it'll blow-up in all your faces (sooner, than later preferred)
quote: Er... you brought up the race, not me or anyone else. He's our president, not a black president or a white president.
quote: The Congress shall have power To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
quote: To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;To provide and maintain a navy;To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
quote: Congress may lay and collect taxes for the "common defense" or "general welfare" of the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court has not often defined "general welfare," leaving the political question to Congress. In United States v. Butler (1936), the Court for the first time construed the clause. The dispute centered on a tax collected from processors of agricultural products such as meat; the funds raised by the tax were not paid into the general funds of the treasury, but were rather specially earmarked for farmers. The Court struck down the tax, ruling that the general welfare language in the Taxing and Spending Clause related only to "matters of national, as distinguished from local, welfare". Congress continues to make expansive use of the Taxing and Spending Clause; for instance, the social security program is authorized under the Taxing and Spending Clause.
quote: The Congress shall have power To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States ; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
quote: I love the A-10 and supported it in Afghanistan, but it does have a major disadvantage in response times due to it's slower speed.
quote: That Pak Fa or anything of that caliber will WTFPWNT this thing any day of the week.
quote: Because of a GOP congressman's pork, a 2nd engine is being produced for the F-35, one that the Pentagon explicitly doesn't want and will never use. Obama and the Democrats couldn't kill it but they left it unfunded...for now. If the GOP wins congress back I suspect that piece of pork will be back in the barrel.
quote: The single seat F/A-18E and two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornets carry over the name and design concept of the original F/A-18, but have been extensively redesigned. The Super Hornet has a new, 25% larger airframe, larger rectangular air intakes, more powerful GE F414 engines based on F/A-18's F404, and upgraded avionics suite. The aircraft is currently in production and will eventually equip 22 squadrons. The EA-18G Growler is an electronic warfare version of the two-seat F/A-18F, which entered production in 2007. The Growler will replace the Navy's EA-6B Prowler.