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1) NOT exporting the F-22 to select allies like Australia and Japan
The capabilities of the F-22 were assessed but it did not meet Australia’s multi-role requirements due to its limited air to surface capability, noting also that US policy would not allow the F-22 to be sold to other nations.
Capability: Control of the air and strike
With the combination of Super Hornet, Wedgetail AEW&C and MRTT tankers, the RAAF now has a near state-of-the-art air combat capability that’s unmatched in the region. The addition of Growlers to the mix will further increase this potent capability.
In fact, the biggest challenge that the Air Force faces is managing the changes that invariably come with a modernisation program of this size. Every new platform type or major system brings with it an overhead of making sure that the ‘fundamental inputs to capability’ (training, facilities, doctrine development and so on) are all in place. Moving to highly specialised types such as the Growler and Triton, and later the F-35, will also add to the overall workload.
That said, the Air Force is clearly doing a lot right. Its deployment into Iraq went remarkably smoothly, and it has since flown hundreds of combat missions. And, unlike previous coalition contributions, Australia’s strike fighter package has provided its own combat support enabling aircraft, allowing Australia to assist coalition partners. The force multiplier effects of the MRTTs and Wedgetails have been appreciated by coalition members—tankers and air-to-air refuellers are usually oversubscribed in aircampaigns. As well, the RAAF’s air safety record has been spotless for 15 years, representing a significant improvement on its performance in the decade or two before that.
originally posted by: Theprimevoyager
originally posted by: Zaphod58
You know, forget it. I'm not going to do this argument again, and again.
You can't win with these people. As much of an F-22 fan boy I am... restarting production, heavy cost and it slows us from moving forward.
originally posted by: moebius
a reply to: nwtrucker
The Raptor is old stuff. Just build a 5.5-6 gen using available tech, no experiments, to keep the costs under control. It will probably be cheaper than restarting F-22 production.
originally posted by: Caughtlurking
a reply to: nwtrucker
I think it's more of a time wasted problem. Eventually the F-22 will run into a peer. It may be 15 years still until that peer is really operationally relevant but eventually the t-50 will come online. I don't buy into the chinese jets yet but we will see. Eventually though, some aircraft with achieve parity with the F-22. Why waste time when it is unlikely that there will be 125 5gen to fight against in the foreseeable future? Better off moving on and putting that 50b into the research that will spawn the next fighter.
originally posted by: Barnalby
a reply to: Zaphod58
At this rate it would make more sense to design an all-new airframe that can take advantage of the quarter century's worth of advancements in manufacturing and component fabrication technology, rather than spent $250M+ on 1994's cutting edge A2A platform..
Develop some drones that can literally make the skies into a minefield and those big expensive planes will be obsolete.
originally posted by: Xeven
Just need flying bombs that fly at treetop level, and hit exactly where small stealth drones and satellite's target. Much cheaper to put wings and guidance on flaying bombs with low level radar than building these aircraft.
It not a big deal if occasional bomb crash on a tree.