Pentagon confirmed a one-year delay of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
program, with Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn facing increased
pressure to get spending under control on the project."The
development was originally projected to last an additional 30 months;
we think with the additional test aircraft it will be closer to a
delay of about 12 or 13 months, but I can't give you the cost
numbers," according to Lynn's statement to the media.Pentagon
officials didn't say if this one-year delay will push back final
release dates, but it likely will, military experts have noted. The
Marine Corps is expected to receive the first batch of F-35s in two
years, while the Air Force and Navy are expected to receive the
next-generation fighter aircraft in 2013 and 2014. Prior to
Lynn's recent announcement, Lockheed Martin officials noted they were
about six months behind schedule, but still expect to be able to meet
the USMC release date.Last November, a report said the
program is drastically
overbudget and behind schedule, which led the government to
rethink its strategy moving forward. Actual demand
for the aircraft remains unknown, but there have been at least
2,500 orders placed for the U.S. military branches, with several
other nations also expected
to receive the aircraft in years to come.Due to
costly delays and budget miscues, the DOD will also withhold $614
million that will eventually be paid to Lockheed Martin.
quote: Dogfights like that don't take place anymore. In the real world your Mig is shot down by over-the-horizon radar/weapon systems that the Americans have and you don't. You die without even seeing your opponent.
quote: The funny thing though, about the German 29's is they push their engines so hard to get the power output higher in them that they have to be overhauled very frequently.
quote: The Soviets had a profoundly different approach to maintenance than NATO. Basically, you'd carry out less small fixes, but send the engine back to the factory more often for a full refit. I am of the opinion that it was actually the better system, as in a proper (cold war gone hot) war environment, relatively untrained personnel could sling a broken engine out and a new one in, then send the broken one off to be fixed in the relative calm of the factory.
quote: How do you effectively crater hundreds of acres of fields as opposed to a 20 metre wide runway?
quote: I would simply set my cruise missiles to take out your single point of failure, aka your few factories
quote: Then send out evasive squadron groups to draw out your forces and retreat when they came into contact.
quote: Yes, it does cost more but any war of attrition would be won by the NATO group because they can service their own aircraft and keep them in the battle longer. You as the opposition are forced to take out every single squadron to gain air superiority
quote: I believe its called a B-52...
quote: The PAK-FA is fitted with unusually robust high sink rate undercarriage, intended for STOL operations.
quote: Therefore, from a technological strategy perspective, the PAK-FA renders all legacy US fighter aircraft, and the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, strategically irrelevant and non-viable after the PAK-FA achieves IOC in 2015.
quote: You can't create a V/STOL F-22 (or PAK-FA); the F-35 has a V/STOL variant.
quote: You can't load the F-22 with a crapload of bombs - it's strictly air-superiority (with some in-board capacity); F-35 is meant to be a strike fighter (you know, the SF in JSF. . . :D )
quote: In combat, the F-22A is flown at almost twice the altitude and twice the speed of the F-35A.
quote: See how much better bang for the buck we can get out of the F-22
quote: Which Combat ??????.....under controlled simultated conditons maybe ? not convincing indeed-where everything/action/etc is predetermined.
quote: I would check up on the Indian SU-30MKi's and how they fared against the F-15s.
quote: Keep in mind that the JSF is only stealthy in the front, the rear, sides and bottom are not.
quote: Yes shoddy/poor workmanship ! Russian planes have in the past been severely criticized for many a long list of defects.To quote a few-From crack developing on the plane's body flying at high speeds to canopy opening up whilst flying at high speeds (instantly killing the pilot & loss of the plane),to engine failure whilst flying at high speeds (not at air shows or exibhitions) crashing the plane.