Let's ignore the $29 Billion number. Experience with previous highly complex Military requisitions would indicate that $150 Billion should be considered the minimum amount that these will cost.
Given the current inability of the Feds to balance the budget or even get our boys out of Afghanistan time to cut our losses and scrap this idea.
As previously mentioned helicopters or transport planes would be a better investment.
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Wouldn't we be better served having Bombardier develop some long range drones for sovereignty patrols? It would be MUCH cheaper and more useful.
While I agree there's gotta be something cheaper and not having production delays, I don't think the solution is drones. Don't get me wrong, I like the F-35, but if it's going to cost a ton and have delays, I don't think we want it. Someone had mentioned the F-18 SuperHornet, which is a newer version of the F-18 - the cost is supposed to be around $55 million each. $55 million and no delay is much better than $110 million or more and delays up your ying-yang. A bunch of F-18 Super Hornets and a bunch of drones may be a satisfactory solution.
The new Typhoon seems to have money and delay problems. I don't know much about the newer Mirage. There aren't too many choices.
LOL - even the US is buying F-18 Super Hornets to hold them over till the F-35
On 14 May 2010, it was reported that Boeing and the US Department of Defense reached an agreement for a multi-year contract for an additional 66 F/A-18E/Fs and 58 EA-18Gs over the next four years. The latest order for 124 aircraft will raise the total fleet count to 515 F/A-18E/Fs and 114 EA-18Gs. However the Navy is already 60 fighters below its validated requirement for fighter aircraft and this purchase will not close the gap. The deal was finalized on 28 September 2010 for a multi-year contract said to save $600 million (over per year contracts) for 66 Super Hornets and 58 Growlers and to help deal with a four-year delay in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
Sovereinty. I'd rather not have to depend on the US to protect our air space and patrol our country.
If we want to continue peace keeping missions, they may be required for escort missions or to patrol no-fly zones.
I agree that having to depend on the US to protect our air space and patrol our country is a bad thing.
But from a capability standpoint what can these things do that couldn't be done by an armed drone? I can think of anything other than dog fighting... and that doesn't seem to be enough of a reason for them. Everything else could be done by drones like the Globalhawk, which have more endurance and a range, can be armed with long range air to air standoff and air to ground standoff munitions. Plus drones are a LOT cheaper.