Source: Defense News
quote: This is a perfect example of the horrible nature of government business practices.
quote: Maybe I'm missing some form of grand military strategy, but if I was running the show,
quote: When the F-35 came out, it was marketed as the low-cost complement to the F-22. It was supposed to have a good percentage of the capabilities of the F-22 at a greatly reduced price. All the hype was surrounding the F-22 and its capabilities and the F-35 was just going to be the watered down, less capable, more numerous fighter.
quote: But now that the price has escalated out of control, they're trying to market it as "the most sophisticated, most capable fighter ever".
quote: The problem with the f35 is they want it to be everything but the f22, including all of those other jobs of the highly specialized AC. They want to use them for ISR, sear, FB, etc. and it cant. Plus all of these additional goals they have in mind has created the ever moving goal post.
quote: He had it right with the high end low end analogy.
quote: Never called the the F14 an up close dog fighter.
quote: Yes alot of people in the AF wanted a lot of F15s but they were costly so they also got the f16, which is what i said so ??
quote: I'm still scratching my head as to why the U.S. originally wanted over 2000 copies of the F-35 and 750 of the F-22 upon program development launch. (As if 350 F-35's and 150 F-22's shouldn't suffice to complement existing military fleet in trying to keep America safe...)