Like its predecessors, the F-15, 16 and 18, the JSF will help create a global network of security relationships and military capabilities that can help deter aggression. This is a valuable contribution to future U.S. security that must be factored into any discussion of the cost of this program.
Straws, grasping and all that. Par for the course from the source. Interesting how affordability has been cleared from the table.
U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) all the live-long-day (off-sets, and foreign aid courtesy of the U.S. tax-payer).
The lengthening shadow of China’s military buildup made it imperative for Japan to acquire the best fighter it could. In the near future, it is possible, indeed likely, that countries such as India, South Korea and even Saudi Arabia will acquire some version of the F-35.
FMS being doable because, well, we are done with all the preliminary test and development by now. No? Well, we should have been.
Interesting as President Clinton promised Israel this.
I am surprised that the bought and paid-for cheerleaders are shooting so low. After all, this is what was thought of in 2007 in regard to F-35 FMS.
What I find really interesting is this (also from 2007). Even though the F-35 program has significant development problems, program officials still think an old FMS schedule from 5 years ago (with only a little delay mind-you) is possible.