Neither the F-35 or Super Hornet will be able to stand up to high-end anti-access threats. Certainly not every mission is anti-access. Which means for those missions, the Super beats the F-35 all the way around on price, utility, and overall carrier ops safety issues.
Even NAVAIR thinks so...
"What F-35 supporters invariably say in response to this argument is that whatever teething pains the F-35 is having now, it will give militaries a clear edge for a long time, as opposed to older aircraft that could be come obsolete quicker. "
The JORD for the F-35 was done in 2000. It might get into FOC in 2020 if we are lucky. Tell me about "obsolete" again.
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The design is still not stable. Production learning curve is still not there because.... the design is not stable. There is still a lot of flight testing to do. The term "teething pains" is usually reserved for a weapons system that is mostly tested and in IOC. That term does not apply here.
Interesting that the Hill wants LRIP-5 to be a fixed price contract. That kind of a situation is usually only done when production has a lot of learning curve present and there are a lot of knows. Which again, does not apply in this situation.