Saturday, September 10, 2011

Another weak Reuters piece on the fighter market

The F-35 is not a "5th Generation Fighter" unless you count marketing terms.

Some people are starting to figure this out.

Others have not.

"Richard Aboulafia, a fighter market expert at Teal Group, an aerospace consultancy in Fairfax, Virginia, said 5th generation planes did have "identifiable qualities that are superior."

"But individual aircraft are becoming less important than the broader network of sensors and control systems," he said.

Aboulafia might be qualified to comment on commercial aircraft. Historically, his comments on military aircraft have always been weak.

Networks and sensors are not the sole property of the Joint PowerPoint Fighter even if some wish it were so.

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