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November 04, 2011

Dogfight: Lockheed F-35 vs. F/A-18

AOLDefense has a podcast interview with Lockheed's Martin's Tom Burbage, executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 program, talking about why it makes more sense for foreign nations to buy F-35s instead of Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets. In short, interoperability for U.S. and various allies, stealth attributes for surprise and advanced electronic warfare capabilities.

- Bob Cox


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There is no such thing as "interoperability" with an airplane that does not exist. I question whether any F-35's will exist in any foreign nation's operational inventory in the next seven to ten years.

The F-18 can be operational next year. And, quite frankly, most war fighters would rather have the four F-18's that they can buy for the same price as two F-35's. The F-35 is another F-111, and we all know how well that worked out.

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