Seems I gauged the political decision making process correctly.
Yes and the 737 has no
technical merits to qualify it for MMA duties in the least
Other than your opinion
, what is there to say that the 737 is not the superior aircraft? Anything? An illusion that an MMA must be a turboprop? "ooOOoo, Boeing makes that scandolus 767 tanker, and *gasp* they just one military contract! It must
The dust has not even settled from this order and you have already concluded that this decision was based on a "one for Boeing, one for LM
" tic for tac. Since you
are now self-apointed Director of Naval Aquisitions, please impart your towering wisdom as to why Boeing won this order on the basis of political wrangling.
The fact is, none of us have any clue to the capablities of either the 737MMA or the P-3 update. I happen to know one of the admirals involved in this order and, if I remember next time I see him, I will personally ask him if he can provide any insight. I'll quote to the word if possible. You
don't know, I
don't know, but the fact that you have concluded without doubt that this decision was based on politics disgust me.
Everyone in fact thought Boeing would get the JSF to keep their military division in work, but Lockheed got it instead because the similar looks between their competitor and the F-22 makes it look like there's part commonality between them.
Or maybe because the X-35 flew circles around the X-32. As for everyone, after Boeing redesigned
the X-32 it was pretty clear to me who held the advantage.
As for commonality between the F-22 and F-35, which I havn't heard to even be existant, that is a fair boost in Lockheed's position. As is commonality with the C-40 as well as the other 5,000
737s in the world.