posted on Feb, 18 2016 @ 04:10 PM
a reply to: anzha
We've got an insurmountable tech lead, that much is undisputed.
Considering that a matchup between the quarter century-old F-22 and the current Russian and Chinese "5th generation" platforms (that are still nearly
a decade from IOC) still looks as lopsided as the one between the aliens and Bill Pullman in Independence Day (and the Russians/Chinese don't have
Jeff Goldblum to save the day), I wonder if it wouldn't make more sense to build a relatively modest "gen 5.5" craft quickly and in huge numbers,
rather than pursuing some far-out science fiction-looking 6th gen craft that we'll get 150 of, and entering service in 2035.
It'd still be decades ahead of anything the Russians or Chinese might throw together.
edit on 18-2-2016 by Barnalby because: (no reason