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|Subject: Re: Problems in Defense Procurment||Date: 10/19/2012 5:19 PM|
|Author: tjscott0||Number: 649846 of 708746|
Screw the F-35 say other countries.
Many air forces are finding that it’s more cost-effective to upgrade via new electronics and missiles and, as needed, refurbishing engines and airframes on elderly existing fighters, rather than buying new aircraft. This is especially the case if the new electronics enable the use of smart bombs. One of the more frequently upgraded older fighters is the American F-16. Even the U.S. Air Force, the first and still largest user of F-16s is doing this with some of its F-16s.
The F-16 has proved to be remarkably adaptable and is one of the most modified jet fighters in service.
The F-16 is the most numerous post-Cold War jet fighter, with over 4,200 built, and still in production.
In air-to-air combat, F-16s have shot down 69 aircraft so far, without losing anything to enemy warplanes. Not bad for an aircraft that was originally designed as a cheaper alternative to the heavier F-15.
Although the F-35 is designed to replace the F-16, many current users will probably keep their F-16s in service for a decade or more. The F-16 gets the job done, reliably and inexpensively. Why pay more for new F-35s if your potential enemies can be deterred with F-16s. This becomes even more likely as the F-35 is delayed again and again. Finally, the upgrade is a lot cheaper, costing less than $20 million, compared to over $100 million for a new F-35. If your potential enemies aren’t upgrading to something like that, a refurbed F-16 will do.
I dunno sounds to me that the F-35 is the airplane equivalent of an edsel.
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