Is The F-35 Being Kept Alive Just To Fleece The Foreign Buyers?

Is The F-35 Being Kept Alive Just To Fleece The Foreign Buyers?, by David Archibald.

The signs are pointing to the F-35 program being kept going just to fleece the foreign buyers, by getting them to commit to a block buy and then the US will abandon the program. …

Damage is accumulating every day the F-35 program continues. The defense establishment has woken up to the shortcomings of the F-35, and expressed an interest in restarting F-22 production.

U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla. May 2013

U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Florida, in May 2013. Still not ready for fighting.

Against aircraft like the Su-35 and the T-50, with far superior range and speed, there is no escape and all Mach 1.45 F-35s are run down and killed with beyond-visual-range missiles, then within-visual-range missiles and finally, if there are any survivors, guns. Not the case for the F-22A, where even if all of its six beyond-visual-range and two within-visual-range missiles miss, they can still cut and run.

So, the best case for F-35s is 10 losses and three kills, or a loss-exchange ratio of 3.3 to 1.

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