posted on Jul, 14 2017 @ 05:41 AM
originally posted by: Caughtlurking
By the time their 5th gen comes online the US's 6th gen should be near IOC.
In my opinion:
There is no question America is world leading in this technology, sure the UK 'eeked in' on F-35 but you have to agree that it is more political than
any kind of UK leading tech. America would have the F-35B without us easy.
Look at Typhoon, it is arguably better than F-15, F-16, it is nowhere near an F-22. If the opportunities were open, UK should have gone F22 for the AA
Typhoon merged into a very capable 4.5 gen fighter bomber but if we did have the opportunity of F22 then we perhaps could have joined the us on the
Raider and had a fighter and a bomber (GR4 tornados are still bombing so we would not have lost capability until Raider goes live).
It seems that we do have 'special relationship' with the US which without trying to embellish or big up Britain, I think we are more compatible with
the US than Europe. Of course the issues we have, the US dont really need us.