posted on Jun, 2 2004 @ 05:05 PM
seekerof, the angle from which that article is coming is highlighted at the very top of the page in very big letters! It is unresearched biased
rhetoric of the highest order. for example;
"Originally the Eurofighter was to be produced by a coalition of the EU’s military powers. But France dropped out of the Eurofighter project while
the getting was good. ..........But the U.K., Germany, and Spain stuck with the loser. "
When in actual fact Britain (ACA) Germany (TKF90) and France (ACF) each brought their own advanced fighter project to teh table to debate how these
similar requirements might be incorporated in a multinational programme. After much debate France stormed off in a huff after Britain and Germany
refused to allow design leadership, final assembly, export marketing and all flight testing to be given to France, who then went off and evolved ACF
into Rafale by themselves while Spain and Italy replaced them in what became Eurofighter. Not quite how the 'American Thinker' sees it, in no sense
was the Eurofighter the loser.
"It will cost a lot of extra money to fly all those new planes, which almost certainly will face an expensive period of debugging.
Doh, like ALL new programmes then?
there are of course truths in there but they have been blown out of proportion and the overall vitriolic tone of the article is typical of much US
attitude to British or European, or in fact any foreign aircraft programme down the years.
Canberra was dismissed as obsolete until the USAF wanted it, Harrier was useless until the USMC wanted it, the list goes on.
OK we're far from perfect ourselves. We screwed up the Phantom and threw away the TSR 2 among many others but at the end of the day the Typhoon is a
damn fine aircraft whose detractors have to resort to sensationalisn because the facts are against them. The biggest reason the US has for trashing
the Tiffie is , as it was with the Mirage 2000, the fear that other countries might actually want it instead of the latest US wonderjets. For some
reason the Pentagon can't handle this, as Singapore found out when it was deliberating between buying Typhoon, Mirage 2000 or F-16, only to be told
by the US "you are for us or against us" and I thought we were all allies!