Via 4Branch “This is why I argue for dual sourcing. OK so Boeing lost the JSF competition, Lockheed has to give them the plans and in the first three years procurement gets split 60/40 between the two plants. Lockheed gets 60 as a reward for winning the competition. At the end of three years, whoever delivers planes with less unit-cost gets 60% of the next contract. At the end of that contract, we re-evaluate again before awarding a weighted contract for the next batch….This damn boondoggle has been in development since Bubba and his lovely wife Bruno were in the White House in the mid-90s. It should have been in service in numbers 10 years ago. But here we are and only Lockheed is slowly pumping them out…During World War 2 Vought’s Corsair was also built by Brewster and Goodyear. GM build Grumman’s Wildcat and Avenger. Bell built their own P-39 series as well as Curtiss’ P-40. Ford built Consolidated’s B-24. Let’s get some of that going so we no longer have only a single source who can cry for more money.”
The United States Air Force announced the need for a new multi-use fighter jet to replace its aging F-16 fleet, while stressing that it would not feature the same high-price tag and technological prowess of the F-35.
The announcement, made by Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Brown came as a surprise to defence analysts, given that the F-35 was pegged as the modern fifth generation aircraft that would replace the F-16.
Instead, Air Force Chief Brown suggested they would develop a “fifth-generation-minus” fighter jet.
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