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Originally posted by da pickles
is'nt the f 35 still massively overweight for what it was desighned for
Originally posted by C0bzz
What happened to the SH being a slow, unmaneuverable POS? Why don't they navalize the Eurofighter because apparently that would be easy?
[edit on 4/8/2010 by C0bzz]
Originally posted by Aim64C
The F-18E/F/G is the better route to go. Better parts commonality and the like.
Not to mention the airframe will remain supported and upgraded for quite some time to come. Cheaper maintenance costs and a longer-lived investment.
Performance-wise - I'm not sure there is much of a difference (versus Rafeal - the F-35 is a penguin - would make a killer bobsled). A Hornet configured for air-to-air is far more maneuverable than you'd first expect.
As far as avionics go - the F-18 has the better avionics, for the most part. The F-35 brings a little more to the table, but not anything justifying the cost in performance and the absolutely insane per-unit prices the F-35 is going to now.
Won't be much longer until the F-22 per-unit is cheaper than the F-35.
Originally posted by jensy
(I could carry on with European defence procurement idiocy for several weeks).