Source: Defense News
quote: Then no one would bother dealing with the government. We would have no one willing to take the risk.
quote: Other than the minor issue that even with the cost overruns of the F-35 program, it still costs an order of magnitude less than the F-22.
quote: Getting the 22 there would likely double the cost, and we all seem to forget the 22 was over budget, as well, which is one factor that led to its termination.
quote: The F-35, which is less stealthy, quick, or agile. Yet, it's avionics package and weapon loading are far superior. Believe it or not, a 35 has an edge on the 22 in that it can jam the 22's radar. The 22 can sneak up and fly circles around the 35, but it's pretty useless if it can't target anything. And the 35 isn't meant to fly alone, so one of the planes in a squad will eventually take the 22 out.