At the recent Paris Air Show I tagged along to a presentation byBoeing about
Boeing told me that
Many observers seem to assume that the winner of the F-Xrequirement has a good chance of winning the F-XX competition to replace
The contenders for F-X are the Super Hornet, Lockheed MartinF-35 Lightning II, and Eurofighter Typhoon. Of this trio only the F-35 has thestealth capabilities that
What this means is that the F-35, despite its stealthiness,could be a relatively unattractive option for the near term F-X competition. Itis probably too expensive and unlikely to be available by the 2016 deliverytimeframe specified by the RFP. And if there are more major delays in theF-35′s development, then the JASDF could be stuck with its obsolete Phantomsuntil the 2020s.
The cheapest, fastest option for F-X is therefore probablythe Super Hornet. The aircraft has been produced for years, the
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