Clearly, the Auditor General doesn't know what the heck he's talking about. cr927, I am eagerly anticipating your response to this.
Clearly. Current flyaway cost is $81M USD in 2019. Clearly the AG didn't know what he was talking about. I decided rather than waste time debating articles written by people who haven't a clue on the subject, I'd let time prove me right.
When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the battlefield as well; and what video the F-35 does capture, it won’t be able to transmit to infantrymen in real time.
One thing at a time:
nearly two decades in development - A typical timespan of a fighter program
it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today - It does it better than the older planes can today
Its sensors won’t be able to see the battlefield as well - Because the current EOTS is old? Thanks to the new OTS architecture, integrating newer hardware is nearly plug and play. EOTS upgrade will be done in block 4.2. Even without modernization, the onboard sensor fusion and processing is leaps and bounds ahead of any targeting pods.
and what video the F-35 does capture, it won’t be able to transmit to infantrymen in real time. - Coming very soon in block 4.1
Even without it, the F-35 can sweep the battle space far better than traditional targeting pods, which required manual search and identification.
All that being said, cancelling the purchase was a mistake. I hope you guys that argued against me can man up to that fact. F-35 is our only viable option for the next few decades. The only survivable option, and the most cost effective option.