Grounding, budget woes cloud F-35 warplane sales push in Australia

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Andvari wrote:

Over budget, over priced and multiple technical problems with the 35 produced so far…typical U.S. made weapons system I’d say. So by all means, let’s up the taxpayer ante and order 2400. They should be operational for our coming war with…Iran (probably not by then)…or North Korea and their patron China, as long as we can put them off for 20 years.

Feb 25, 2013 4:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bob9999 wrote:

They should keep making it, both because so much money has already been sunk into it and because the F-35 will probably not be replaced for a very long time as more and more aircraft tasks are taken over by unpiloted vehicles.

Feb 25, 2013 4:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

The Boeing X32 was far superior to this F35 piece of junk, but the bribe money has spoken, as it always does.

Feb 25, 2013 4:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TomKi wrote:

For all practical purpose, the F-35 export market except possibly UK & Japan is gone. No other foreign government will risk the great political damage by selecting the F-35. The UK is co-developer and is as stuck with the F-35 as the Pentagon. Japan is stuck with the US because it is dependent on the US for defense.

But don’t blame foreign customers. The F-35 considerable problems, possibly fatal, is entirely the product of the builder and the brass in charge. The brass wants everything form a single platform. They want magic. The maker want all the money magic can buy. In the end, both will lose the magic.

Feb 25, 2013 9:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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