posted on Aug, 31 2014 @ 12:51 AM
Nothing in military procurement is worth the money.. $800 dollar toilet seats and $500 hammers not to mention paying usually 150% over for things most
civilians can buy at any parts place.. Milspec or military specifications for parts are part of the cost but evidently since China and even Russia
supply some of the parts used in our fighters or rockets things might have changed... Since our manufacturing base has been eroded by our tax system
and companies finally figuring it just ain't worth it to play by America's tax laws anymore.... I suppose we get the parts where we can..
If you look at the wars we have fought since WWll we do not fight the big boys but the little guys who we know we can kick their butt due to airpower.
Korean war showed we were severely lacking in air superiority until we got the F-86 to fight the Chinese/Russian/ Korean Mig 15s which many were flown
by Russian trained Chinese and Russian pilots... After the war, the US Air Force claimed a kill ratio of around 10 to 1 for MiG-Sabre battles. Other
research has challenged this and suggested that the ratio was much lower primarily due to encounters with RUSSIAN pilots who had also survived WWll
and had actual combat experience .
At this rate the B-52s can continue to fly for another 50 years if we only fight countries with limited assets... Besides the name of the game is
proxy wars.. Fire up some faction in a country and get them to do the fighting and dying.. Run a B-2 in during the middle of the night 'if needed'
to help your proxies achieve some military goal...no one the wiser... The military can always (in their minds) justify the cost of obscenely priced
hardware.. Spend it or lose it.. Mild rant finished, whew !
I just hope if we ever do get into a real shooting war with a worthy opponent our military doctrine with regards to airpower is sufficient to keep our
pilots and air crewmen from dying for their country.. I always thought the others guys were supposed to die for their country and we tried to insure
that scenario by giving our guys the best equipment money could buy..
Vietnam and F-4s with no guns an sorry no-worky air to air missiles allowed F-4s to be shot down by Mig 15s, 17s, and Mig 21s which changed my faith
in the American planners and procurement process.. Depending on the source a total of 445 Air Force Phantom fighter-bombers were lost, 370 in combat
and 193 of those over North Vietnam (33 to MiGs, 30 to SAMs, and 307 to AAA.. With those type of loss rates we will be down to pulling stuff out of
mothballs form the desert if we actually went against a country that knew what it was doing.. If I remember correctly there were 30 or 31 B-52s shot
down during Vietnam and one of those shoot downs was claimed by a Mig 21 pilot... The Airforce said it was a Sam but the NV pilot got the credit in
his country for the kill. So... 21 gold plated bombers against a worthy opponent what is to keep an enemy from bombing the base and wiping out half
the fleet in an opening move... They don't seem to know where Malaysian airlines flight 370 is so what makes anyone think a sneaky attack could not
be pulled off on Guam or some other outlying base.. At 37,000 feet the radar from Guam could pick us up at about 225 miles from Guam.. If we would
have been wave hopping we could have done a Pearl Harbor type attack before the commander even got his shoes on. Much of the stuff that is hinted at
as far as effectiveness is for enemies to have something to think about and to keep the moral and that winning attitude with our troops alive and
believing Ra Ra USA. Not saying we do not have some awesome systems when they work.. Key wording is WHEN THEY WORK ! Also with political medaling in
military operations the results are men die needlessly... Call me "Ye of little faith" not in our men who do the actual fighting and flying but in
those who give them the weapons of war. F-35 will be interesting the first time it is used in a real conflict as will the F-22... War games and real
life and death war does not always mirror each other IMO.
I would worry about attrition during a prolonged non nuke conflict with a country such as China or Russia....