Source: Defense News
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.