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Originally posted by weedwhacker
reply to post by Harlequin
Good thing that commercial airplanes are easier to follow.....
Originally posted by C0bzz
The development costs for the F-35 are in the region of 25 billion dollars, and Australia is probably going to spend 16 billion dollars on the aircraft. Do you really think we would spend 41 billion dollars on some aircraft? Or, become part of another countries programme?
The most disturbing news for Australia today is not the economic reports out of the US but rather a report in The Australian Financial Review that states the US is considering slowing down the Joint Strike Fighter development. The words "slow down” could end up being a euphemism for 'mothballed'.
Australia has downgraded the mighty and very adaptable F111 and is mainly relying on the Super Hornet for air defence while we await the JSF. The problem is that the Super Hornets are no match for the Russian fighters being used by China, India and Indonesia (though Indonesia needs greater investment). Worse still, there is rising evidence that the Russians have closely studied the JSF specifications and by the time the JSF development is completed it will be outdated.
THE global financial crisis has forced the Defence Department to shelve plans to buy billions of dollars' of military equipment, including a new $5 billion maritime surveillance system. The economic downturn will also mean the navy will not exercise the option to acquire a fourth air warfare destroyer worth $2 billion, and could force a one-year delay in plans to spend $16 billion on 100 F-35 joint strike fighters.
the P-8 is due i service - so thats a sure ,
(especially since costs are now reported as at least $100 million each - and thats by the US)
Originally posted by Harlequin
from the noises and that the RAAF are actually happier than expected with the Super Bug , its looking that cacelling F-35 (especially since costs are now reported as at least $100 million each - and thats by the US) the -18 is cost effective option.