posted on Nov, 9 2012 @ 04:11 PM
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by peck420
The current fleet of F-18s isn't terribly old yet. Even if you add the A-D models they're looking at about 20 years or so. Only looking at the E-F
it's just over 10. They have plenty of life left until the F-35, and whatever F-18 replacement comes along (if they don't wait 30 years to do it).
And what do you think the survivability will be against a gen 4.5 fighter?
And what if China is telling the truth, and the F-18's are forced to face gen 5 fighters?
That leaves the F-35. Awesome.
If the current situation stands, countries like China, India, and Russia will be producing almost as good for a fraction of the cost.
And almost as good is good enough when the quantities are high.
Edit to add:
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is inevitable. Unless the US puts China and India back to the stone age now, they win. The world is
becoming more equitable, not less. It may feel like less inside some western nations, but they aren't the world, they are a fraction of it. As
things become more equitable between countries, population starts to matter...a lot. You would need a massive technological edge to out produce 1
billion + people with 300 million. An edge that has been getting smaller by the year.
The US needs to start acting like it is more equitable or make it so it stays inequitable. Currently, the US is doing neither.
edit on 9-11-2012 by peck420 because: (no reason given)