posted on Oct, 1 2015 @ 08:19 AM
originally posted by: aholic
I think, the point is, and then I'm off to bed, that we all know who the winner is and what the birds look like already. So the only reason for
further delay is to avoid political controversy once the announcement is made. Basically we are watching them get their story straight. Which could
not be more evident given the videos above and articles all over the Web.
I hope that something changes and Grumman wins because it's the bomber we need and the bomber we can afford. (Plus it looks better ) But
unfortunately I know that higher powers want them gone despite the incredible hardware they produce.
1. How do you know what the aircraft look like? Have you seen them? And please don't bring up Wichita, Amarillo or NG's hype commercial as source
2. How are you so certain that NG's bomber is better than LM's? Last time I checked, the only specs we have on the aircraft are what was required of
them through the RFP and what the AF has been slowly releasing since then. Both aircraft have to meet the RFP and have the capabilities the AF have
released in order to even have a competition in the first place.
3. Why would you think higher powers (I can only assume you mean congress and or Pentagon) would want NG gone. In fact, if anything, they would want
the opposite. They have just as many lobbyists and congressman/senators as the next aerospace company, that want to see tax payer money filtered
through their districts. Loosing NG would also make it harder for the DoD to write contracts with the lack of suitable competition in that sector. It
would cost this country and the ones benefiting from under the table funds from said contracts, even more.
4. To comment on a previous reply: RQ-4 lost three prototype aircraft during development of that program, we still bought and fly them. The very first
F-14 crashed in 1970, yet the navy still bought those. RQ-180 has had issues and a crash during development (supposedly), the AF is still developing
them. Turning back the clock a bit, the YB-49 crash in 1948, they still pushed on with development of that aircraft till it's cancellation. I could
go on but the point is, things crash during development, that's why its called development. Happens to NG as much as it does LM and the DoD still buys
products from both companies.
edit on 1-10-2015 by Sammamishman because: (no reason given)