U.S. experts said the F-18 can not confront PLA must rely on the F-35
The article said that the U.S. military active-duty F-18 Hornet fighter can not fight against potential adversaries such as China air force
Experts say the U.S. military must rely on the F-35 stealth technology to break through the enemy’s powerful air defense system
LONDON January 20 news: U.S. 18 Star-telegram website reported that the U.S. defense experts in the University of Lexington, Thompson believes that the U.S. military active duty The F-18 Super Hornet fighter despite a good performance, but with China and other potential opponents in combat can not survive, the U.S. military must use the F-35 stealth technology to break through the enemy’s powerful air defense system.
reported that Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is still troubled, military, government, business observers are paying close attention to the shortcomings of the project or progress. At the Pentagon announced in the next few years to reduce F-35 orders, the U.S. Navy has an internal report was leaked defense and aerospace industries led to a new round of speculation: written by the Naval Air Force said the study, procurement and maintain carrier-based version of the F-35 fighter costs far exceeded expectations – 40 percent higher than the existing aircraft – the next budget will be squeezed.
before the introduction of the report, reported that the F-35 developmental delay. January 6, a report also pointed out, will be announced on February 1, cut the Pentagon budget will be established F-35 fighter procurement project. Reported that the Navy’s cost analysis of the accuracy and precision to be deliberate. Navy officials did not comment on the study or to make further elaborated, but several veteran defense observers, indicating that many are still willing to purchase carrier-based naval air force version of the F-35.
U.S. think tank Center for Defense Information (Center for Defense Information) Straus Military Reform Project Director, former congressional military budget analyst Winslow Wheeler (Winslow Wheeler) that leaked through the correlation analysis information, the Navy seems to be ready to give up the F-35 program. But the United States Lexington Institute defense analyst, Lockheed Martin and Loren Thompson, defense contractors consultants thought that the Navy’s research “absurd, does not make sense.” He believes that the F-35 did not trouble, and that the Navy study showed promise Navy officials project the F-35 fighter ambivalence.
reported that this is not the first time you want to give up the U.S. Navy Joint Strike Fighter project: the Navy had given up a joint aircraft research and development projects. The 1960s, the U.S. Navy to abandon the procurement of General Dynamics F-111 fighter planes, choosing instead to purchase the Grumman F-14 fighters. Ten years later, U.S. Navy leaders to abandon the development of carrier-based version of the F-16 fighter project and instead develop a F/A-18 aircraft.
Thompson said that even today, “A lot of naval aviation is also the legacy of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft have high ratings, this is a good fighter performance , but with China and other potential opponents in combat can not survive the U.S. Navy requires the ability of F-35 stealth fighters to penetrate heavy security airspace. ”
outside the United States, other countries in the world are seriously F-35 fighter program. Australia’s former military test pilot Biteguang for the evaluation of the F-35 is not high, he believes the U.S. Navy data in the report “extremely reliable.” Australian air force in its sector based on the results of the study, the ancient expensive that the Navy data in the report is “quite conservative.”
Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth’s Public Affairs Office recently issued a statement saying that the Navy F-35 fighters for the cost of assessment is “an independent evaluation, not authoritative.” The company said in a statement reiterated Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter project position, insisting that the F-35 design over its plans to replace existing aircraft easier to maintain and operate. It said in a statement: “F-35 fighter and the Joint Strike Fighter program office and is committed to the Naval Air Systems Command, together with the F-35 fighters to support the life cycle required to make the most accurate assessment.”
Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter is the prime contractor, plans to build in Fort Worth most established of the fighters. Currently, there are 7,000 local staff at Lockheed Martin for the project. Recently, a number of Wall Street analysts lowered the rating on the stock, Lockheed Martin, F-35 fighter project concerns the delays and technical problems within the next few years will lead to lower corporate profits, and even endanger the company’s long-term prospects.
According to the Wall Street investment firm Broadpoint AmTech analyst 彼得阿蒙特 of Lockheed Martin aerospace company from buy to wait and see attitude, because the Pentagon in the next few years will significantly reduce orders. In his view, from an investment point of view, production delays may mean that Lockheed Martin’s profits will be lower than expected. He believes that the F-35 project did not fall into a serious political crisis, but the continuous delays and problems the project is still worrying incessantly. (Compiled: Spring)