Why did they discontinue f22s for budget reasons then turn around and make the most expensive but still inferior plane ever?
- Anonymous1 month agoFavorite Answer
From someone who has ZERO hours on the F22 or any fighter aircraft. Of course you have flown all of them right and can give your own assessment.
Another online wannabee fighter jockey.
- Coffee DrinkerLv 71 month ago
Which overpriced and inferior plane are you referring to? The F35?
The F22 was 100% USA made. It was designed, tested, manufactured and final assembly 100% in the USA. The process was so tightly controlled that when I worked for an aerospace manufacturer that built parts for that airplane we were required to use sheet metal with "domestic melt certification" meaning that we could trace that material all the way back to the foundry that melted it and rolled it into sheets, and every single step in the process was within the USA. Since it was 100% US aircraft the USA can decide at any time that they don't need more of them or that they weren't worth the price and just cancel the program.
The F35 is called the JOINT strike fighter because it was a joint effort between a bunch of countries. So the USA had already made commitments to participate and pay for our share of the process. We still could have backed out or refused to purchase them at the way-over-budget prices, but we would be backing out on commitments to our allies, which is a lot more serious impact to foreign policy than just canceling a domestic program like the F22.
- CactiJoeLv 61 month ago
Most people in the Federal Government are legally mentally retarded. Like, "I don't know how to do anything so I'll get a government job." Sad but true.
- StarryskyLv 71 month ago
Congress' representatives and senators vote for programs that employ the most people in the districts and states where they are elected. That is why NASA has space flight center in Houston (LBJ was from TX), and many other programs are given to companies in certain states.
Perhaps the F-22 was just built by Lockheed Martin in the wrong place?
Palmdale, a California plant, a Democratic state.
F-35, Fort Worth, a Texas plant, a Republican state.
There you go.
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- MAD MAXLv 71 month ago
Because the F-35 JSF is the new cash cow! With cost overruns, procurement, spare parts, service life extension package, technical support it will cost the taxpayer well over 2 Trillion dollars! In all Honesty the JSF was never meant to replace the Raptor it was meant to replace the fleet of F-16s. As long as the Defense Industry must remain relevant they must produce the latest and so called greatest weapons and technologies for War!
- Anonymous1 month ago
good job defining "they"
the other boomer that commented has been reported