posted on Mar, 17 2013 @ 06:30 AM
reply to post by korathin
Comparing the F-22 and F-35 is pointless as it was never intended to be better. The two aircraft are in a different category altogether.
As originally envisaged think F-15 vs a F-16 an an analogy for F-22 vs F-35. The airframe performance of the F-22 is in a different league to the
F-35, it was designed to be.
Its complicated by a number of factors. The F-35 is a more modern design and as such will have a more modern avionics fit at entry to service (one
example is F-35 has a HMD while the F-22 has a fixed HUD). F-22 block upgrades will rectify this.
The problem with F-35 is that it was sold as all things to all people (stealth, STOVL, highly manoeuvrable, cheap as an F-16). Whats come out of it is
an expensive jack of all trades and master of none.
This isn't any fiendish master plan its just the DoD and foreign MoDs believing a fanciful sales pitch and now being too heavily invested to have a
workable plan B.