Thursday, March 17, 2011
I've pondered long and hard about one thing.
Why does the F-35 scare its critics so much?
I can come up with only one answer.
It will drive fighter production and innovation for the foreseeable future.
With just the Navy/Marine Corps buy of this airplane, it will out number the total production of Eurofighters in service or planned.
With the combined Air Force/Navy/Marine Corps buy, it will out strip the purchase of the Eurofighter, Rafale and Gripen.
It will be---with just US purchases of this airplane...the dominant fighter on the planet.
Add in the allies and you have total dominance in the fighter market.
And thats the real fear. Another market that the US will dominate...and for some that must not be allowed...even if their industry has a stake in the production.
Its only a matter of time. While these are concepts that some kid or even a professional artist came up with showing his vision of the future, you can bet that either the Russians or the Chinese are actually taking steps to duplicate and then perfect our designs.
Awesome stuff from my boys at Defense Talk.