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What Is The F-35? Is It The JSF?

Fri Apr 16, 2004 1:14 am

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

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4731185/

Any ideas?



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RE: What Is The F-35? Is It The JSF?

Fri Apr 16, 2004 1:33 am

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)

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RE: What Is The F-35? Is It The JSF?

Fri Apr 16, 2004 10:45 pm

Starlionblue:
You have got it all wrong! To me there will only ONE type designated "F-35"!

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It is also available in the photo version, "RF-35":

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And even a 2-seater trainer version, "TF-35":

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Although the F-35 operated in Denmark, its birth place was in Sweden, the country you are living in! Where is your local patriotism?

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