- Mar 21, 2009
Lockheed Martin's (LMT.N) F35-A Lightning II performed the best in a Swiss evaluation of what fighter jet to buy next, although the final political decision was still open, Swiss broadcaster SRF reported on Monday, citing three unidentified sources.www.reuters.com
Lockheed Martin F-35 leads in Swiss fighter jet evaluation
I think they are looking at it from a lifetime point of view.While there was no doubt that F-35 was the best, still one wonders if the Swiss really needs F-35? For one no country will disturb the Swiss since Swiss nuetrality is guaranteed by the US, NATO and Russia. The only air threats that the Swiss will have to watch out for are crazy hijackers and suicide pilots. 1 genetation behind Rafale, SH or GripenE are enough for their needs.
Original news source is 'Sputnik News'. Not exactly 'dependable' in the rhetoric they try to convey.Norway Spends Thousands of Working Hours Trying to Figure Out Total F-35 Cost
I think you are wrong at least for Rafale and Gripen E.What other jets will still be servicable and maintenence worthy 40 years from now?
Neither of the the main operators of EF, Rafale or Gripen will have these jets in operation in 2060, so it doesn't make sense in operationalising them now.
now when you get down low the jet especially the f-35 it is a beast down low it is so it's the most powerful jet engine ever put on a fighter aircraft.
and when it has a lot of dense air down low it can sustain a lot of g's and not bleed energy because it's just so powerful.
Just to put it into perspective, thrust limit of
Right. But the F35 piece of sugar aero is a penlaty for all the mission, even without load and low on fuel.Just to put it into perspective, thrust limit of
F35 is 19 tons,
EF is 18 tons,
Rafale is 15 tons,
F18E is 20 tons.
In addition, the drag profile of F35 doesnt change at all for most of the missions, while every other aircraft will face drag creep for the initial half of all missions.
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