- Jun 3, 2011
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Airplane said:NeilChapman said:Airplane said:This might need it's own thread. . . .
Exclusive: Lockheed Martin to propose stealthy hybrid of F-22 and F-35 for Japan
LM Exec #1
PCA is going to be win of the 2020's. We have to make this happen. What can we do to better our chances of winning this deal?
Hmmm. Let me talk this through out loud. If there's already a 80+% solution available... it's likely... that Congress will require it to be used to save on the development cost of a new jet. At the very least, the developer of such a jet will be favored in the selection process, right?
So. Where are you going with this?
What if we were to develop a new jet, say an air superiority version of the F-35 with a greater depth of magazine and longer range AND - here's the kicker - get someone else to pay for it?
What? Who's going to do that?
LME #1 and #2
(Exclamations of realization and slapping each other on the back they exit stage right)
The problem with your hypothetical argument is that the F-35 cannot be made into an air superiority version with deeper magazines.... As good as it is at being a multirole fighter, its physically stuck with AT THE MOST 6 AAMs if Lockheed and the DoD ever make that happen.
The F-16 is used as an air superiority aircraft all over the place and it only carries six. Six is the standard load for the Rafale, Gripen, and J-10 as well. Hell, J-10s is 4. Haven't heard of those being crippled.