Russia says threat of T-50 F-35 export program has forced the latter half price
Australia’s “Air Power” magazine and the U.S. T-50 can match the F-22, and the performance to be significantly more than F-35.
The article said that Lockheed Martin F-35 the company announced the latest price has dropped to $ 60 million.
LONDON May 21 news: According to the Russian military-industrial complex site on May 20 reported that, although the Russian fifth generation fighter T-50′s service time is unclear, but it already appears that the US-led F-35 program is facing a serious threat.
developed by Lockheed Martin’s F-35 “Lightning II” Joint Strike Fighter to be significantly weaker than in the performance of F-22A, a lower price, to some extent can be seen as a simplified version of the latter. U.S. hopes to become to meet the F-35 Air Force, Army and Navy needed a general-purpose aircraft. In the current three models of F-35, 90% of the parts can be common, help to reduce development and production costs.
Although the U.S. F-35 will be included in the list of fifth-generation fighter, but because of the different positioning of the first combat use, resulting in the aircraft’s overall performance inferior to F-22A. Air Force active duty with the United States compared to the F-22A is still in the testing phase of the F-35 in speed, maneuverability, payload and engine thrust areas are at a disadvantage. In addition, F-35′s ability to evade radar detection worse, not open can not be implemented when the afterburner supersonic cruise.
Despite the series of gaps, but the F-35 unit price than its “big brother” not much lower: According to the U.S. Department of Defense estimates that the F-35 is priced at approximately $ 138 million, The F-22, compared with $ 146.2 million.
F-35 is the only advantage – its not used on the F-22 program to develop all the advanced technology, which makes it possible to be sold to U.S. allies, without having to worry about confidentiality technology has been leaked.
However, with Russia’s fifth generation fighter T-50 on January 20 this year completed its first flight, independent experts in the analysis of photographs and images the machine after that, F-35 is not good performance and high price it does not meet the needs of U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies.
first F-35 expressed dissatisfaction with the Australian aviation experts. F-35 as potential buyers of the Australian Department of Defense in August 2008 was sent to watch the U.S. Air Force base in the Hawaiian Islands a place within the exercise.
drill results show that, F-35 production can not be effective against Russia’s fourth-generation fighter Su-35. In addition, F-35 can not be against the Russian-made air defense missile system. However, as with the United States signed a confidentiality agreement, so the results of the Australian side on the exercises to keep silent.
However, Australia’s “Air Power” magazine, an independent analysis of the experts but did not remain silent on the case of the exercise. The magazine’s website announced in February this year had been a Russian-made T-50 for serious analysis of the report, which concludes that U.S. aircraft can match the F-22, and the performance to be significantly more than F-35.
the F-22 purchase price of the F-35 became obvious absurdity. Following the Australian expert, the Japanese defense officials and Israel have begun to their governments that lack the F-35. Although U.S. allies had previously considered the F-35 F-22 alternatives, but the emergence of T-50 while filling into question the F-35 program into.
order to save the F-35 program, the U.S. has taken the first steps is to improve the impression that the parties to the aircraft. For example, the United States in 2008, organized a virtual confrontation, has been verified F-35 Su-35 has the overwhelming advantage, but the U.S. has been the result of this confrontation is not published.
Another initiative is the United States questioned the Russian-made T-50′s performance and the Russian government for its own financial resources to the Air Force switched the machine. But through the analysis of existing information, the experts concluded that the Russian fifth generation fighter F-22 complete with a confrontation. Analysts pointed out that the Russian side from the outset as a T-50 weapon system can be exported, which will help to Russia in exchange for money to its air force dress. Although T-50 to wait until 2015 to put into production, but it has the first buyer – Indian Air Force.
present, in the promotion of Lockheed Martin F-35 have begun to adopt new strategies. The company announced a major initiative is the price – announced its latest F-35 unit price has dropped to $ 60 million, less than half the price the Pentagon announced.
However, there are similarly worried about Lockheed Martin announced a new price that was questioned. In their view, the price depends on each fighter’s total value of the contract. In addition, procurement costs also include the purchase of airborne equipment, weapons, spare parts and pilot training, aircraft repair and maintenance expenses.
Therefore, to accurately estimate the price of a fighter can make according to each specific contract. But no doubt, T-50′s emergence has forced more than half of F-35 price, and the fifth-generation fighter for the United States pose a threat to the export plan. (Compass)
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