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originally posted by: Barnalby
a reply to: Zaphod58
One thing that jumps out to me is that the Northrop entrant seems to have much more extensive RCS reduction, at least in terms of shape, than any of the other entrants, all of which are pretty clearly just meant to be trainers.
The combination of stealth shaping, composite construction and light overall weight, to me, screams that they're quietly trying to offer an entrant that could very easily be turned into a gen 4.5 equivalent of the F-5, offering reduced RCS for pennies on the dollar to countries who can't afford or be cleared for the F-35 and really needed more of a stealthy interceptor than a day one strike platform, anyways.
originally posted by: mbkennel
a reply to: Barnalby
What's wrong with the Rafale? It seems superficially to me that it should be great, and yet nobody's buying any.