AndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 32 Posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5485 times:
I was reading an article on MSN today about armor and US Military vehicles, and they listed costs and quantities of fighters on order, and I didn't recognize the F-35. Is it the new JSF?
Plane Original budget # of planes Cost/ plane Final budget Total planes built Cost/ plane Cost in 2002 dollars
F-15 $7.4 billion 729 $10 million $29.9 billion 1074 $27.9 million (in 1990 dollars) $37.1 million
F-16 $6.0 billion 650 $9.3 million $38.4 billion 2201 $17.5 million (in 1994 dollars) $20.59 million
F-18 $46.8 billion 548 $85.4 million $48.8 billion 548 $89.1 million
F-22 $99.1 billion 648 $153 million $69.7 billion 341 $204.5 million
F-35 $226.5 billion 2,866 $79 million (current estimate) TBD
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17626 posts, RR: 65
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5431 times:
F-35 is the winner of the JSF compo. The shootout was between Boeing and Lockheed. Lockheed won, partly because they could show off vertical take-off, supersonic flight and vertical landing on the same flight without stripping parts off the prototype.
The F-35 will come in several versions for US Navy, US Air Force, US Marines, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. The Marine and UK versions will be vertical takeoff. It will replace the F-16 and A-10 (USAF), the AV-8B and F/A-18 (USMC) and the Sea HArrier & Harrier GR-7 (RN/RAF)