Source: Defense News
quote: and the worlds a flashpoint away from war
quote: Obama could fix both with a little bit of tough talk
quote: Iran needs to forcefully hear that yes, we absolutely will rain down hell on their heads and send their military industrial complex back to the stone age if they do not cease nuclear weapons development.
quote: Do you really think any authority in Iran believes the world will NOT retaliate if Iran strikes first?
quote: Nothing motivates a country or its populace like the imminent threat of elimination.
quote: People want to live peacefully and trade with each other.
quote: Be a country of defensive purpose only and people will respect you.
quote: People in charge of Governments want more power and express their might. Show your ability to wage war, but never wage it. Be a country of defensive purpose only and people will respect you.
quote: Sadly, one of the wealthiest countries in the Gulf region has been taken hostage, and held for the past 35+ years, by a bunch of religious fanatics who would gladly see their countrymen get nuked, all in the name of their prophet.
quote: But can't say I feel bad for Lockheed.
quote: Imagine if Halliburton were contracted to build a new interstate
quote: Multirole stealth planes? Not so much.
quote: I don't know what you are not getting about the "multi-roll" aspect here and how it, combined with stealth, ballooned the development costs of the F-35 all to hell.
quote: I don't know why you are defending people who are talking your tax dollars and wasting them.
quote: Some of the greatest fighters and bombers in the world had similar problems early on like you're describing. Hell some had worst!
quote: Correct me if I'm wrong
quote: You've no idea how much I'm dumbing this all down for general consumption.
quote: I named a number of aircraft that each do things the F-35 claims to be able to do.
quote: Are you an aeronautical engineer?
quote: Do you work for Lockheed?
quote: Yes but no single aircraft has ever had to do ALL the things being asked of the F-35 airframe. Hello?
quote: If this were anything other than a defense matter, you'd be demanding the head of each member of the company's board on a platter.
quote: There ain't half as much novel, never seen before things on the JSF as Lockheed Martin would like you to believe.
quote: If you want to get nitty gritty, let's look at your examples:
quote: How many commercially successful fighter planes in existence can you think of that have supersonic capability, VTOL and stealth?
quote: And why point out the 20-30 year age? You honestly think it's possible to design, engineer, build, test, win the govt. contract, and enter mass production in 3-5 years for a fighter plane?
quote: I heard the new russian Air to Air radar can now pick up the f22 at something like 10 miles
quote: Urgh - unfortunately that confidence is at times horribly misplaced.
quote: Like I mentioned before when put in a more "fair" situation where they were flying highly trained german pilots in mig 29's against F18 pilots it was not a slam dunk for the f18 pilots at all.
quote: The Government asked Lockheed to build a shit sandwich, and that's essentially what we got.
quote: It's not Lockheed's fault.
quote: What they should have said was the program will be crippled by requirements A, B and C. It should be split into two programs, completely separate airframes.
quote: Then they wouldn't have gotten the contract probably.
quote: Oh well, it's not my job to enlighten them.
quote: You can't realistically focus on being the number one military power, it just comes along with the territory when circumstances are right.