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When the Harrier did fly in that conflict, its loss rate was more than double other major U.S. combat jets.
Originally posted by kalunom
"All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive;" - Sun Tzu
Seems odd to find a story saying our entire stealth fleet is grounded...
Do yourselves a favour, and buy either Russian or European planes, far more realiable.
Perhaps it was too overcomplex? You don't see this problem with Russian hardware do you?
"Stupid reason"?, is that all we need to shoot down the worlds most advanced aircraft that is invisible to radar?
The real "not stupid reason" is the fact the commander knew his job and worked his SAM hardware well, and the US could not get a lock on them. That is not a "stupid reason" that is a VERY SMART person.
You got outsmarted, so now you get mad and referr to it as a "stupid reason".
I find it hilarious that American's practically worship the statue of liberty on one hand and diss the French on the other as cowards when infact the statue is French itself.
Sounds like WW2 all over again, taking the yanks a year or more to decide to do anything.
Harriers, OLD OUTDATED JUNK yet you are trying to reproduce this technology in the F-22 ?
Concord - OLD OUTDATED JUNK, yet you are still trying to go faster than sound with hypersonic gliders that you just LOST CONTACT WITH?
RADAR - British Invention Harrier Jump Jet - British Invention Concorde - British/French Mini - British Ferarri - Italian BMW - German Mercedes - German Rolls Royce - British Lamborghini - Italian Audi - German Renault - French Aston Martin - British Jaguar/Land Rover/Range Rover - British
As for rail roads, who invented that? Germany Steam engines? Britain.
Yes thats another thing.. worlds safest airline ... Quantas.. Australia
They don't skimp on maintenance.
Frankly American airlines scare the pants off me.
Stealth technology was compromised years ago.
Wasnt it also discovered that weather satelites can detect them ?
The reason the Harrier is still one of the best VTOL planes out there and the F-35 cannot replicate it is because it actually requires FLYING SKILLS to fly a VTOL. Ask any Harrier pilot what kind of skill it takes.
Putting an American in a VTOL is like asking them to drive a manual stick car..
what "other" countries do you referr to? Can you name them all please (alphabetically, then by GDP size then by population size).
Originally posted by Violater1
You want to get some money for the poor, here you go.
Salary of retired US Presidents .............$180,000 FOR LIFE
Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN $38,000
Originally posted by fixer1967
I think the whole stealth thing is going to play out soon any way. It is just a mater of time before some one invents a radar type system that will make stealth planes pointless as they will show up just as any non-stealth plane does. All weapons systems have a limited life span. They get countered by something better.
Having investigated intrusions such as Operation Aurora and Night Dragon (systemic long-term compromise of Western oil and gas industry), as well as numerous others that have not been disclosed publicly, I am convinced that every company in every conceivable industry with significant size and valuable intellectual property and trade secrets has been compromised (or will be shortly), with the great majority of the victims rarely discovering the intrusion or its impact. In fact, I divide the entire set of Fortune Global 2000 firms into two categories: those that know they’ve been compromised and those that don’t yet know.
Lately, with the rash of revelations about attacks on organizations such as RSA, Lockheed Martin, Sony, PBS, and others, I have been asked by surprised reporters and customers whether the rate of intrusions is increasing and if it is a new phenomenon. I find the question ironic because these types of exploitations have occurred relentlessly for at least a half decade, and the majority of the recent disclosures in the last six months have, in fact, been a result of relatively unsophisticated and opportunistic exploitations for the sake of notoriety by loosely organized political hacktivist groups such as Anonymous and Lulzsec.
What we have witnessed over the past five to six years has been nothing short of a historically unprecedented transfer of wealth — closely guarded national secrets (including from classified government networks), source code, bug databases, email archives, negotiation plans and exploration details for new oil and gas field auctions, document stores, legal contracts, SCADA configurations, design schematics and much more has “fallen off the truck” of numerous, mostly Western companies and disappeared in the ever-growing electronic archives of dogged adversaries.
What is happening to all this data — by now reaching petabytes as a whole — is still largely an open question. However, if even a fraction of it is used to build better competing products or beat a competitor at a key negotiation (due to having stolen the other team’s playbook), the loss represents a massive economic threat not just to individual companies and industries but to entire countries that face the prospect of decreased economic growth in a suddenly more competitive landscape and the loss of jobs in industries that lose out to unscrupulous competitors in another part of the world, not to mention the national security impact of the loss of sensitive intelligence or defense information.