posted on Apr, 14 2004 @ 04:56 AM
The quality Vs quantity argument is one that encompasses a wide range of issues, and one which is not purely about possible kills per aircraft.
I firmly believe that this decision will go the way that previous ones have gone regarding an 'amiable' mixture of the two available platforms.
On the surface it would seem that the sensible option would be to go for the Quality every time. The warrior that is equipped with the best weapons
available has a distinct advantage over their adversary and thus has a higher probabilty of survival.
However, allied against that is the political nature of this argument, a reduced number of quality aircraft means a reduced airforce and therefore
base reductions/closures, meaning redundancies in the military and related supply chain organisations, this isnt the best way to treat the economy and
thus not a fantastic way to win votes.
Thus the effects of this decision will be a far ranging and influential, affecting not only the pilots whom we ask to risk their lives daily to
protect our freedoms, but also our livelihood, economy and ultimately the way we are governed.