posted on Jul, 17 2010 @ 01:17 PM
I think Canada made the right decision. Suck it up, bitches.
Australia bought 24 SH with a support contract for approximately 6 billion dollars. 65/24 * 6 = 16.25 billion dollars so the claim that the SH is
cheaper is somewhat dubious but it is unclear what the support contract terms were. This doesn't count all the difficulties the F-35 has during
development though and possibility for even more cost overruns.
Single engines are safe enough, and as Richard Price said in another thread, what kills one engine will probably kill both and the plane would likely
crash anyway (ask him not me).
F-35 kills F-16 aero performance if you levelize fuel fractions. Kills SH in the same way. Kills F-16 / SH in most other ways also, like RCS,
avionics. No point talking about Mach 2 capability in the F-16 since in reality it does not get there in any logical scenario it's either carrying
CFT where it can't go fast in the first place, or you run out of fuel. SH sucks aerodynamically anyways so that can't be an advantage, and looses in
every possibly way except delivery schedule or number of engines to the F-35.
Ageed that F-15 would be nice. Better aero performance but no stealth and might require more maintenance (remains to be seen, stealth needs lots).
Claiming that stealth is useless due to special radars is as absurd as claiming that stealth makes a plane invisible - about as logical as Eric Palmer
Also I don't really care about this topic a whole lot anymore so you can attempt to debunk if you like just don't expect a reply. Been discussed at
length elsewhere and the discussion usually goes in circles like it has here. Everything posted in this thread about the F-35 has been posted before,
including this reply.
[edit on 17/7/2010 by C0bzz]