They've spent so much money on it that they have to buy it to keep the unit costs down and export more. Correct me if i am wrong but i think that the costs are nearly $200 million each!
DariushBasically, the reason is because the F-35 is sexy and they've already spent truck-loads of money on it, so they have to do something with it.Also because it's more of a multi-role, it's got stealth, better maneuverability, better A2A, that sort of thing.But really i think it's mainly the first one.
Best looking fighter is the Su-30, no competition.
I like air defences which can shoot down those 100+ million dollar planes, with missiles that are 500,000 USD max.. 8)Economical warfare.
Yeah your right, A-10 is an ugly plane and the F-35 is a beatiful airplane. But i thought the costs of the Joint Strike Fighter Program were decreased because so many countries were involved in the project?
F-22Unit cost US$142.6 million (2009 fly-away cost)Source: http://armedservices.house.gov/pdfs/AL052009/Darnell_Shackelford_Johns_Testimony052009.pdfF-35Unit cost US$83 million (fly-away cost in Then-Year dollars FY-2009)Source: http://www.saffm.hq.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-080204-081.pdfExpected to increase significantly.The competing Sukhoi PAK-FA is stated at around USD 100 million (fly-away unit cost), however, this information is not verifiable.
Those are old version of su-25s, they need buy newer versions of su-25T, that has advance targeting systems both at night and day, and many different advance air-to-ground weapons for any target.
Iran has already installed modern night vision targeting system in these aircrafts.
Any evidence for that
Are you thinking of the Su-24?
That will be a fact soon with the S-300's coming to Iran the west will think twice before losing their pretty birds.
The US was flying against S-300 sites with F4-G's in the 1970's. I think the Weasels all been used as drones by now.
Interesting. So the F-4Gs were already flying against S-300s during the Vietnam war (I don't recall any F-4G engagement over the Soviet territory 1978 onward). Interestingly enough the first S-300 were put into service in Russia after 1978 and vietnam ordered an upgraded version (PMU) which appeared after 1992 (the ordered was placed sometime around 1994).The only SAM system the Vietnamese had in hand during the 70s was the SA-75M (SA-75)!
Who said anything about vietnam? They were installed at three USAF test ranges in 1979. Lets see if you can tell me which three? (only 2 were CONUS)
They were installed at three USAF test ranges in 1979. Lets see if you can tell me which three? (only 2 were CONUS)
Be more specific,