posted on May, 14 2008 @ 02:26 PM
reply to post by FredT
I said for the average air force. The average air force isn't going to have to face F-22's. And if they do, I think they'll encounter severe
attrition before they even take to the air to reach the F-22's. It won't matter what they are flying, because few of them will make it to the air.
That being the case, the superior numbers would probably be more useful there as well.
The US finds itself in a position that they aren't going to have enough F-22 airframes to fill the maritime patrol mission. It'd be nice to just use
the Global Hawks for everything except ASW, actually. The B-1R would be even better used in concert with the Global Hawk program.
I think the US will need more airframes than just the F-22 numbers projected. I don't think patching F-15 and F-16 airframes is a long term fix, and
I'm not sold on the ability of the JSF to meet all it's objectives (particularly as it relates to cost and timeframe). They might do well to
consider a bigger number buy for a slightly less capable plane like the Su-35 for multi-role and leave the F-22's for the air superiority mission(or
better yet buy more F-22's).