In a preview of the 2017 defense budget during a breakfast event at the Economic Club in Washington, D.C., U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter revealed that the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office is working on developing an arsenal plane that an older generation flying platform into a flying launch pad for a range of conventional payloads.Jesus! If this report is true then the F-35 is even worse than I imagined! Consider the fact that we've seen all kinds of so called fixes to solve its lack of payload, its lack of speed and its lack of range.....
We've seen talk about lasers, using AESA to attack enemy anti-air missiles, and even Cuda like mini anti-air missiles. But with all that they're still going to bring in an arsenal plane?
It baked into the cake. They might limp and pencil whip a few F-35s into service (the death spiral is here...they're simply leaving it to the next administration to finally kill this bastard of an airplane) but they know better than to rely on them for our nation's defense. So now we see the mad scramble to put the house in order...with just months left in office!
If this was happening to any other country but my own, I'd be laughing my ass off.
Every single swinging dick and ovary wearing stars or having a SES designator will be damned by history. They fiddled while our nation's defense was weakened beyond recognition.