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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by jahn369
I'm having a hard time catching my breath..... I knew these were expensive, but... OMG.
(From OP link...Emphasis Mine)
Last week the Air Force officially received the last F-22 Raptor from defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin, completing an order of 187 planes that cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $79 billion -- meaning that including research, development and production among other costs, each plane has a price tag of more than $420 million. Despite being the most advanced fighters on the planet, none of the planes have been used on a combat mission since they went combat-ready in late 2005. Critics told ABC News that's because the jet was designed to fight rival, sophisticated fighters – an enemy that doesn't exist right now.
(cough cough) (choking)...does that say 420 MILLION U.S. Dollars PER PLANE? For Air Superiority Fighters?? A billion a copy for a B-2 Bomber makes sense if that cost is what makes it invisible to the systems it has to be. A front line fighter?? At almost half a billion? I really hope we never face an enemy that can shoot down an American F-22. We'll have a legitimate reason for a day of mourning on the Airplane alone, after the Pilot ejects and gets back safely. It's enough to go Half Staff if we lose a Pilot as well!
Direct to OP though, I can't understand how this was talked about in the first place either. It can't possibly be what it looks like. These guys fly one of the most advanced planes on the Planet. Do we really think they aren't tracked very closely?? If for no other reason, than to make sure someone doesn't kidnap one of them as the chances for war increase. (A few nations would likely give a lot to know details of those planes). There also aren't that MANY of them.....so how do a couple pilots spill their guts to the media and not have their own security figure out who did it by the end of the day?
edit on 8/5/2012 by Sauron because: internal quote tags to external quote tags
Originally posted by chevy369
This is what happens when the cheapest manufacture wins the contract.
Originally posted by THE_PROFESSIONAL
reply to post by fixer1967
Multiple things, the coatings, the reflective shape, the EW package. I know the skin on the F117 or was it SR-71 was pretty toxic.
Originally posted by choos
reply to post by StratosFear
but they should have extremely visible fighters, make one jet appear as 20 jets on the radar lol than they wont know which one is the real one. of course im just talking fantasy. a fighters purpose is air superiority so if it has that, the next is to be sure that it is seen as a deterance.