No.Total number of procured units of rafale for the time this program budget was announced ( in 2013)
Program cost only includes jets ordered for french forces..No.
The total ordered planes for France only is 180 so far. Another batch is waiting in the last 2 or 3 years for at least 30 planes (30 to 45).
Add the 36 for India, 36 for Qatar, 24 for Egypt.
I said 'additional r&d' too.. Which includes subsystems research. Cost additions to batches reflect r&d in production systems which is then bundled with the overall r&d head while mentioning total program costOh no....
The R&D effort is far more than only 50 $million each for the first ones.
Yes but that again will not be reflected in the program cost compiled by the MoD, France as $63B in 2013 (expecting it to be over $75B today inflation adjusted)As all the Rafale international GIE has financed 25% of the R&D effort, it is to be payed by export deals.
'Sidekick' deployment confirmed for all Lot 14/15 F35 enabling them to carry 6 Aim-120D by Aug'2022. Earlier lot backfit modif contract expected over the present - Aug'22 timeframe.US Navy wants Sidekick internal weapons rack for F-35C to carry 6 AIM-120 air-to-air missiles
US Navy wants Sidekick internal weapons rack for F-35C to carry 6 AIM-120 air-to-air missiles - The Aviation Geek ClubUS Navy wants Sidekick internal weapons rack for F-35C to carry 6 AIM-120 air-to-air missilestheaviationgeekclub.com
The Pentagon’s Fiscal Year 2021 Unfunded Priorities List has put in a request to equip low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 15 F-35C fighters with the Sidekick internal weapons rack.
The Sidekick is a modification from Lockheed Martin to allow the A and C variants to carry up to six AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles (instead of four) in its internal weapons bay.
With the introduction of missiles like CUDA, this could mean a future payload of 4 full length medium-long range weapons ( aim 260, meteor) + 4 half length short-medium range weapons (CUDA, peregrine).
If there's a war, and Tibet and Xinjiang is freed. They'll be relying on their natural resources, as well as the new smaller China would need to do that too to survive. So, breaking them up and getting them to sell is n option.China is the biggest producer of rare Earth materials but that doesn't mean that USA wouldn't be able to arrange it from somewhere else.
Im sorry. It's operational now. Were they not supposed to upgrade it like they're doing to just about every fighter aircraft flying now?Again and again....
I don't know if F35 will be fully operationnal one day, but it is a milk cow for LM.
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