Where in the article does it talk about radar cross-section profiles? There is absolutely no comparison between an aircraft that was designed from the ground up to be LO vs. one that has some RAM slapped on it in various places on an aircraft designed in the ‘70s.
How can you and all the others on these boards that are deriding the F35 as a failure, determine that, in its current state of flight TESTING, that the F35 has “been nothing but a consistent disappointment.”?
What parameters are you all using to determine SUCCESS vs. FAILURE?
Sheesh, get a friggin’ grip. The F22 went through it’s teething problems as well, just like every other aircraft in our military inventory. Oh, btw, the F22 fleet is grounded right now.
The 35 has been a disaster. The Pentagon now pegs development costs at up to $329 billion from an inflation adjusted $197 billion.
>But further cost growth and schedule extensions are likely, the Congress’s non-partisan audit and investigative arm said.
Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon’s No. 1 supplier by sales, said it had no insight into how the Pentagon established its estimate averaging up to $112 million per F-35. That figure was up from a baseline projection of $59 million in real, inflation-adjusted terms.<
A near doubling in per unit cost is what I’d call some pretty serious teething problems.
Every new fighter jet gets labeled as too expensive and unreliable during its development. I remember when they were saying that about the F-15, F-16, and F-22. Loose one airplane during testing and everyone wants to cancel the whole program.
Sheesh, I’m glad those teething problems are all behind us now. I thought that the problem with the oxygen system contamination of the pilot’s life support system causing hypoxia was serious. Who knew that breathing propane could be a problem?
Captain Haney’s survivors will be happy to know he was merely the victim of “teething pains” in the F-22.
I’m going away now to get a friggin’ grip. Sheeesh.