F35 - superfighter or lame duck?

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    It is a very serious problem.

    Military procurement bureaucrats listened to generals who wanted too much for too little. They wanted a stealth version of the Osprey that could do the VTOL stuff while flying at Mach+ speeds carrying a huge variety of armaments and payloads.

    They got what they should've expected.
     
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    So, in your opinion, it could be a serious mess.
    I'm going to have to read a lot more, but it looks dodgy on the surface.
     
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    It is a serious POS. Over budget and under performing.
     
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    Oops. That seems to be the general opinion.
    The Royal navy are going to be serious miffed. Question is, what would possess the British MOD to but a possibly dodgy bit of kit?

    PS - terrific avatar. The F4 has a rugged charm that few aircraft can match.
     
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    But it creates jobs and that's all that matters.
     
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    The F-4 was adequate for its time, but its exhaust was it's main downfall. No one wants to fly a combat aircraft with a big black line leading to it. :)
     
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    When the MoD approved the adoption of the utterly useless SA-80 A1, it was later discovered that several of its fiercest advocates in Parliament held shares in BAE Systems, the weapon's manufacturer. Wouldn't surprise me in the least if that was the case with the F35. Additionally, the Admiralty have also voiced support for a navalised version of the Typhoon, but Parliament wouldn't listen. I wonder why.
     
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    I suggest the possibility of a few greased palms, as I suspect, you do.
    The SA 80 was a clear case of cash vs. common sense.
    If I recall, something like 50% were returned as faulty on post delivery testing, and the thing couldn't be fired from the left without risk of serious injury.
    I believe, without checking, he government of the time were out to privatise the factory, so needed it to look busy and profitable.

    There's bound to be some 'friendly' cash in a few pockets here.
    At least the Typhoon, whilst way over budget, works.
     
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    The F-4 was a serious contender all the way up till it was retired. In the hands of a capable pilot it could match nearly aircraft out there. I watched one wax TWO F-18s in a fight over Owens Valley back in the day.
     
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