re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Thread
I don't know about the cost overruns being detrimental to the F-35 program. But it looks like there is a buyer in the Asia Pacific country that will be interested.It is three new types of plane for the price of two or two and a half and all three seriously compromised by the very different forces acting on the aircraft during take off and landing. It is much better to design three different aircraft and give them the same types of electronics and weapons. The last are the bigger cost items but combining much of the air frame design means lugging around a lot of useless ballast and spending a lot of excess money testing these air frames.