My word, where to begin to reply to this thread? Lets start at the beginning;
The F-35 is a very complex aircraft and I remain to be convinced about its ultimate usefulness, but I am open minded. One thing it definitely is, is
hideously expensive, and it is this, plus delays which only add to the expense, that may lead to its downfall. My belief is that the F-35B may get the
chop altogether, with the UK having already made the switch to the C model and the USMC ordering more Super Hornets to fill the gap, I feel the B is
looking very vulnerable.
The Navalised Typhoon is only a proposal, and not actually being made. Its main purpose is to sway India away from the Rafale, I cannot realistically
envisage an RN order, much as I would like to see it. A total cancellation of the F-35 by the US would change this picture, I feel, and I still think
we would be better off getting the Navy to fly Rafales.
reply to post by pcrobotwolf
The reason all these aircraft are so old is because developing a replacement is so expensive and takes so long. The notion that the F-35, or anything
else, is merely a cover to hide more advanced secret technology is no more than uninformed fanboy fantasy.
The ultra advanced unmanned aircraft do exist, as prototypes and development vehicles. They will be the next generation after
the F-35. Thats
how long these things take.
reply to post by peruvianmonk
The F-22 is far from a joke. It is still the most advanced and capable fighter aircraft on the planet by a considerable margin, the Russian T-50 is a
very credible effort to match it, but still with many years of development ahead of it. The Chinese J-20 lags a very very long way behind.
As the the carrier version of the F-35 (I presume you meant) the UK decision was based on the way the lift fan technology (ironically our own input)
limited the payload range and performance of the aircraft compared to the standard carrier model with its greater fuel capacity and larger weapons
bays. This was a choice I was calling for in my own small way for a long time (on here!) and am glad we made it, I feel the USMC will be next, then
Italy is buggered.
reply to post by billxam
No. Really, just no. see above paragraph
Anyone who thinks that anyone else will get any F-35's if the US cancels it are also deluded. If the US pulls the plug, thats it, end of programme.
The costs of trying to produce a handful of export models would be ridiculous.
Finally, threads on cancelled projects? Have a look at these and add to them if you like;
I had loads like this but Im gutted to see the pics have gone from a lot of them. Maybe time for a remastering of the old classics, lol