$428 billion F-35 Can't Shoot Straight

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sato's picture

this is what you get when you remove competition. absolutely amazing for (lockheed-martin's) business, terrible for the american people.

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theblackswordsman's picture

Did the Pentagon pay the development costs for this line of jet? Or did Lockheed-Martin pay for it?

 

Edit: Looks like a NATO group buy.

 

Plus another thing to consider is that it hasn't been procured and distributed yet. Of course there will be flaws. They will get ironed out before mass production.

 

This investment is too big to settle for anything less than cutting edge.

 

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danmanjones's picture

The money spent on solving problems with this specific jet is kind of a waste. There are other jets that can do the same thing & can be mounted with that same tech. There are versions of the F-35 being sold around the world. eg. Japan has 12 (they had 13 but 1 crashed) & have ordered another 147. It's like a tribute system.

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theblackswordsman's picture

The others can be retrofitted sure, but it's important to continue new development, obviously we arn't being told all of the features that these new jets are being equipped with. Just most.

 

Think about it. It would be beyond stupid to blab about your new tech to the letter. Also, I would imagine NATO isn't getting the best ones, The U.S. will keep a couple cards up their sleeve with their models.

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