The F-22 does have a data link system that is second to none. It 'talks' to other F-22s and to the AWACS. Even with about 185 F-22s in the USAF
fleet, it makes more sense to upgrade the F-15s, F-16s, and F/A-18s to the system the F-22 uses. It is much, much faster in transferring data, and it is far more secure, and far less prone to being jammed.
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The vote was "a signal that we are not going to continue to build weapons systems with cost overruns which outlive their requirements for defending this nation," declared Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona...
McCain always votes against the USAF
. It is not because of his USN
background, it is because the SRO he was always under as a POW
was a USAF
Officer. There are also rumors that upon the North Vietnamwese releasing the POWs in 1972, many USAF
Officers were the ones who reported his "questionable" actions in prison, and the "alleged' perfential treatment he got from the North Vietnamese, and it was not because he was Admiral John McCain's son. These allagations are thought to have ruined his Naval career and why he never advanced beyond the rank of Captain (O-6). He was eligable for 3 boards to be promoted to Rear Admiral (Lower Half, 1 Star), but was never promoted. Once McCain was elected to the US House of Representitives, and later the US Senate he began working against USAF
programs, and this was long before the 2003 Tanker scandel.
Perhaps you are right, but we have not seen the final price tag of the F-35A/B/C. In 2009, the unit flyaway costs for a F-22A was $150M USD. The 2011 unit flyaway costs for the F-35A is $122M, the F-35B is $150M, and the F-35C is $139.5M, all in USD. None of the F-35 models are as capable as the F-22 is.