posted on Oct, 28 2017 @ 01:00 AM
I wonder what mission capable rates for the F-35 will look like in the 2020s. I've heard a lot of great things about maintaining the F-35. I've
already heard a lot of terrible things. Definitely a mixed bag.
a reply to: rickymouse
If they weren't building F35s for other countries, they would have plenty of ability to make our parts.
This isn't true, and it's insulting to partner nations actually.
- The vast majority of aircraft produced so far have been for the United States.
- The JSF program is an international program and foreign partners have invested significantly into the development of the aircraft. While they have
been shielded somewhat from the cost increases, they also keep the build-rate high especially early in full rate production which lowers the
procurement cost for the US. (i.e. over the next 5-10 years).
- Usually these partner nations are geopolitically aligned with the United States (i.e. Israel, numerous NATO countries, Australia, Japan).
- Often they also are industrial partners in the program, which means they are actually producing the parts for the F-35 (often for components that
can be sourced from multiple companies) rather than simply consuming them.
Nowhere in the FlightGlobal article is it mentioned foreign customers taking parts away from the United States, instead it places the blame on
bureaucratic processes and intellectual property rights.
I'm sure potential adversaries of the United States would love for the public to blame international partners and international collaboration for the
edit on 28/10/17 by C0bzz because: (no reason given)