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originally posted by: muSSang
a reply to: Pyle
The germans thought the same thing with the ME262. And that was a bigger leap than the conventional tech at the time.
Numbers have always beat tech, Vietnam the North were out teched look what happened you lost because of numbers another good example of tech vs numbers is the Panzerkampfwagen vs the t34.
The f35 program is six years behind schedule and tens of billions of dollars over budget. The flash plugins failed..... You can say what you like but the evidence is contrary. Where are they?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
The Air Force has officially requested funding for their low cost fighter experiment, through supplemental funding. The experiment is a continuation of the SOCOM Combat Dragon II program, which demonstrated OV-10G+ aircraft, in an anti-insurgent role. NASA loaned two aircraft to the military, and the Navy refitted them with a digital cockpit and laser guided weapons.
The new experiment will present data from Combat Dragon II to the industry, and use that as a baseline for requirements. They are looking at an existing commercial platform that can be fit into the role. The Air Force frequently pushes that role onto its partners, since it doesn't require something fast and sexy, but is now realizing how important it can be in uncontested airspace.
The US Air Force has requested funding for a low-cost fighter experiment in its supplemental budget request, indicating the service is serious about finding a close air support alternative.
During a 23 February speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, USAF chief Gen David Goldfein told the audience the experiment would not cost much money. In January, Goldfein said the USAF would run an experiment in the spring assessing off-the-shelf options to fill a low-end fighter role.
The experiment would continue a previous US Special Operations Command effort known as Combat Dragon II, which demonstrated whether the Vietnam-era OV-10 Bronco could be fielded in counter-insurgency operations over Afghanistan. NASA loaned two North American Rockwell OV-10G+to SOCOM in 2013 and the US Navy outfitted with them with a digital cockpit and laser-guided precision weapons.