posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 10:07 PM
a reply to: C0bzz
LOL. If the Aussies don't want the F-22, fine by me. I would think that the Aussie F-35 drivers wouldn't mind a handful of F-22s backing them up
upstairs. 'If' they where available.
That was my original point, not comparing the two, which have different roles. Although, the F-22 has enough redundancy to be programmable and
upgraded to perform most, if not all, that the F-35 is capable of. On the other hand an F-35 will not improve in it's basic design for speed, altitude
and maneuverability. (As Zaph has already posted, the new run would include upgrades in computing and electronics only with the original platform
remaining the same. At which point, it would cover all the bases you refer to, as well as it's own strengths.)
As far as your comment on 'merging' of programs Re: the F-35. And citing other earlier programs, as the chief designer stated, it was the F-119 that
gave the impetus for the development of the STOL F-35 via the PW F-135. He stated it was his idea to expand to all three variants. (I will try to find
that video and forward it, but it was a few years back and memory no longer serves as it once did....
It would seem obvious that all three variants didn't miraculously appear at the same time. That there was a 'first' version.
The very fact that the U.S. is considering restarting the F-22 line 'might' suggest there is a need for it. Perhaps Australia doesn't feel it needs
the F-22. I don't particularly trust the U.S. DOD. They're the ones-with the politicians- that cut the program in the first place despite protest that
has never fully waned.
I'm betting there are those that feel similarly about your DOD and there's more than a few Aussies that would dearly love a few Raptors despite the