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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

If I Ruled the World #3: How to salvage the F-35!

Dear Friends: "Let's get things back into perspective!"

Now I don't claim to be a great military analyst or even a once-in-a-while military writer like Gwyn Dyer, but I do think that a little common sense can go a long way in this world ....., because there is so little of it!!!!

Here's an example:
How did the F-35 go from its conception as the most technologically advanced, do-it-all military aircraft in the world to a virtual turkey? Over the decades-long effort to meet a real military need for better aircraft, the F-35 program is the result of the merging or combination of several other separate and diverse projects into a set of requirements for an airplane that is trying to be everything to everybody.

For a fighter airplane, funding decisions become a balancing act of procuring not just the best aircraft possible, but enough of them to make an effective force. This has lead to the creation of so-called “multi-role” fighter aircraft, capable both in air-to-air combat and against ground targets.

Where trade-offs have to happen, designers of most multi-role fighters emphasize aerial combat strength, reducing air-to-ground capabilities. With the F-35, it appears designers created an airplane that doesn’t do either mission exceptionally well. They have made the plane an inelegant jack-of-all-trades, but master of none – at great expense, both in the past and, apparently, well into the future.


The solution folks?

Take all that multi-purpose, multi-function capability away from the plane and make different models for different situations.

They might even follow the Russian example of utilitarianism by simplifying a lot of the requirements for each different purpose the plane is supposed to perform. A great example of this type of thinking is when the United States spent millions of dollars inventing a pen that could write in zero gravity, while the Russians just USED A PENCIL!!!

Apply more of this type of thinking to the F-35 program ....., and the U.S. military just might be able to salvage this plane!