posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 09:45 AM
reply to post by Chadwickus
In fact, the F-111 is as potent, if not more potent than just about anything going around today, with the possible exception of the F-22 (in fact the
FB-22 will be a more lethal item when it goes into service).
The F-35 is a piece of junk. It's like the US developing a Mercedes for itself and then offering the rest of the world a Hyundai with the same
It makes me sick, the F-111, now 40 years old still can match it for speed with anything the Russians are building, can carry 4 times the munitions of
a F-18, fly twice as far. It may not have stealth but neither do the Suhkoi's or the F-18's. It may not be manouverable but that's not its role,
its a long range heavy bomb truck basically.
We should be buying a sizeable portion of the remaining F-111F's in near new condition from AMARC for the $500K a piece the yanks have offered them
for and buy a long range fighter (but only 50 of them) to do the dog fighting while the 111's go in at low level and bomb the bases into oblivion and
get out at more than Mach 2.
Just about every defence expert has said this as well as a sizeable number of American experts but our politicians think they know better than someone
who's been a defence analyst for 20 years.
I do not have exact figures but I understand that the JSF has a rang of about 1200 miles and carries about 4000-5000lb. F-18, 1600 miles and 6000lb,
F-111 2500 miles (depending on configuration up to 15,000lb).
Where's the argument. No one can tell me buying something that's in near new condition for 500K a piece and even if it cost 10x as much to maintain
is going to be more expensive than something that costs 15b to acquire and a whole lot more to train everyone up in.
It's like the old Oberon Class Subs. Along with the F-111's they used to win just about every exercise with the yanks using Nuclear subs and