Is there any justification left to have the F-35? It will not be able to take on emerging threats. Whatever expectations of its alleged combat capability are already being diminished.
All this eliminates the purpose for the F-35.
To add to that misery, it will not be affordable. Even the U.S. DOD thinks so. There will not be enough aircraft made to meet the dreams of the business plan. Current predictions see over 1000 F-35 potential orders missing.
Small businesses are in grave danger.
With that, we have a simple graph composed by Air Power Australia. It shows a history of the low price that never was.