United States Air Force plans to purchase 1,763 next-generation F-35
Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter or JSF for short) aircraft over the next 20 years, but will only have the
budget to afford 1,224 new "primary aircraft."The
Air Force's 2010
Quadrennial Defense Review outlines
several different proposed light-attack planes and vehicles,
but doesn't outline spending plans for upcoming projects. As the Air
Force waits for its manned planes -- mainly the F-35 Lightning II --
it will also rely on newer unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are
designed to better avoid advanced missile defenses.
F-35 Lightning II program remains behind schedule and over budget,
with the U.S. military confirming
a one-year delay as Lockheed Martin is unable to keep up.
The U.S. Navy is now expecting to suffer a “fighter gap” as the
branch retires its F/A-18 Hornet aircraft while the replacement F-35
Lighting II remain in the pipeline.Due to
the F-35 Lightning II delay, the USAF will have a wider variety
of additional C-17s and 1,056 tankers and airlifters -- helping
increase mobility of the Air Force -- though F-35 Lightning II
interest will still be important. The Air Force is phasing out
C-17 development in favor of the smaller C-27 aircraft.Continued
confusion among the U.S. military and Lockheed has left some partner
nations out of the loop. Australia plans to make an initial purchase
of 14 F-35 Lightning II aircraft (but may purchase up to 100), though
the $100 million price tag for each craft may increase in the future.
The current F-35 Lightning II slowdown has led to
increased pressure on Lockheed, especially as the company currently
has $600M being withheld by the U.S. government. Lockheed
understands it is being held accountable at the moment, and
spokespeople said things have been done to help increase
quote: Considering the F22 was in development for 20 years you cant just come up with a fighter at a moments notice, by then, its already to late.
quote: n fact, through the first two years of WWII it wasn't until the P-51 in the European theater and F6F Hellcat and of course F4U Corsair in the Pacific theater that the tables began to turn for the US in the air.
quote: The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was a long-range single-seat World War II fighter aircraft. Designed and built in just 117 days,
quote: Different time, bad example.
quote: "With [the fighter's] distributed aperture system, maneuverability is irrelevant. Instead of mutual kills, the F-35 simply exits the fight, and lets its missiles do the turning..."
quote: That's what we did in Vietnam. Most of the planes we used came from the Korean and WWII. No Thanks.