Penguin: Senior USAF Officer – F-35 Is Epic Waste — Terminate F-35 & F-22, Buy 450-Ship Navy Instead…

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Senior Air Force Officer: The F-35 Is An Epic Waste

A senior US air force officer says Britain’s new stealth jet may be no better than existing aircraft.

Britain’s long-delayed $117 million stealth fighter may need to be cancelled because of its poor performance, according to analysis by a senior US Air Force officer.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter being built for British and US forces is based on outdated ideas of air warfare, it is claimed. The aircraft could be unable to evade enemy radar and be too expensive for long campaigns.

The critique in the US Air Force’s own journal concludes that the new fighter may even have “substantially less performance” than some existing aircraft.

Britain is preparing to buy at least 48 of the Lockheed Martin aircraft to replace its scrapped Harrier jump jets; the US military is expected to order more than 2,400.

The $395 billion programme is the most expensive weapons system in history at a time when defence budgets on both sides of the Atlantic are being cut.

The analysis in the Air and Space Power Journal states: “Even if funding were unlimited, reasons might still exist for terminating the F-35.

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Phi Beta Iota: A long-haul Air Force would cost a fraction of these two monstrocities, each an epic example of fraud, waste, and abuse. We continue to believe that the President’s objective of reducing defense expenditures by 30% is necessary and healthy — and we can still create a 450-ship Navy, long-haul Air Force, and air-mobile Army….and transfer  the Close Air Support (CAS) mission to the Army where it can be treated with the seriousness the Air Force lacks.

See Also:

F-22 @ Phi Beta Iota

F-35 @ Phi Beta Iota

2012 Robert Steele: Reflections on the US Military — Redirection Essential — and a Prerequisite to Creating a 450-Ship Navy, a Long-Haul Air Force, and an Air-Liftable Army