Sources: DefenseNews 1, DefenseNews 2
quote: I know. I'm not Reclaimer
quote: Taxpayers are not getting a "good" deal - at least, not a better one than they were getting before.
quote: 1) Having 30 "identical" F35s is better and cheaper than having 30 "different" F35s, and having 30 "no modifications required" F35s is better and cheaper than 29 "varying modifications required" F35s; but the path you've been going down is to have 30 uniquely different F35s, which sounds like an expensive way to do maintenance.
quote: Whoever advertised the idea that the F-35 is a cheaper F-22 was mostly full of fecal matter.