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"As the air-defense and air-combat capabilities of other nations, most notably China, increase, the demand for F-22s would likewise rise. And the Air Force will have to manage this small fleet of Raptors over 30 years. Compare that number with the 660 F-15s flying today, but which are literally falling apart at the seams from age and use. The F-22 is not merely a replacement for the F-15; it also performs the functions of electronic warfare and other support aircraft."
- Thomas Donnelly and Gary Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute, Wall Street Journal, 4/8/09
yeah, another unnecessary arms race.
keep spending those money on stuff that would only kill us. good riddance to f-22s.
oooh ok so dont cancel, lets keep using those tax dollars for R&D of planes for the imaginary war and that war the US will declare oh so soon in another random country. its the american way to waste money and keep those rich unnecessary companies afloat!
no don't cancel , continue producing useless weapons , the more you produce the faster your nation will bankrupt and faster its fall will come
I implore Australia, India, the UK, Germany, Spain, France, maybe even Japan, Poland, Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Canada, Mexico or other friends of the US to order a few dozen each of these amazing aircraft to help keep the production line from being destroyed - and the world from plunging into complete mayhem.
Originally posted by C0bzz
Everythings already developed and many technologies are already moving on to other aircraft like the JSF.
I think another 50 - 100 or less would do. Main reason I'm usually pro F-22 is because it's either now or never - once the line shuts down that's it - and it does things the F-35 cannot do. Air Force generally says 187 is insufficient, and I don't think fitting the bill with a whole new airplane down the road in 15 years is a better alternative...
Originally posted by BFO
Unlike US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that "In a perfect world" the military could buy all of the high tech weapons it wanted, I have to disagree completely.
In a perfect world, the only kind of aircraft we would build would be toys that couldn't harm a flea. But, guess what? Robert Gates is clueless about what a perfect world would look like.
Originally posted by BFO
One of the things we do well is develop and build amazing and innovative things. The US taxpayer has paid heavily to perfect this airplane. Now is the time to build about another 400 or 500 of them (in the US not China please). It might be an important piece of keeping the whole world from falling into a full-blown economic depression.
Originally posted by BFO(Calling India! Why not order enough of them to keep the production line from being ended forever! and help keep the Skunk Works alive.)