posted on Apr, 2 2006 @ 09:00 AM
OK guys, you two nick the planes and I'll sort the scales out, you'll have to fly them in to Donny Airport though as I'll have to get the scales
back to Maltby Pit before they're missed, deal?
For your comparison of the F-35 with the F-20 Waynos I don't get your point.
Its not quite the same thing, I'll grant you, but what I was getting at was the fact that nobody was willing to buy the F-20 because the USAF was
unwilling to buy it, a case of 'we want F-16's like you have' and so the F-20 died.
What I am wondering with the F-35 is that nations which have been partners in programme since its inception might be seen to decide that, due
American controls, they cannot proceed with buying the F-35 as it does not meet the needs of their armed forces, of course America will have hundreds
of them in three versions but then America is calling all the shots, this may be the barrier to exports. those countries might think "If the UK is
not trusted enough by America to have autonomy over an aircraft it has helped develop then what chance have we got?" The fear of course being that a
sudden bout of American paranoia in its direction (whether justified or not) will render these hugely expensive aircraft completely useless and this
could well put customers off buying it at all.
I beg to differ when you say countries will not care, I think at £100m a pop they will care very much that they can make their own decisions about
how and when they can use them. Especially if any modification that could otherwise be handled by domestic industry has to be routed through Lockheed
at huge and unnecessary expense.