We need more F-22 Raptors


We need more F-22 Raptors

I could get into a long and complicated explanation of fighter aircraft theory about the importance of the E-M formula and “supercruise” ability plus “super stealth” but I won’t because this isn’t really a very controversial call. We need more very high-end fighters, the Aussies need some, the Japanese need some, and we always share with the Germans and the British — and they need some of these super planes as well.

To do this thing, build another 100 of little gems, we need to re-start the production line and convince Congress to lift the export ban on this technology to those countries listed above and only those countries.

Unfortunately I think we will need these planes in the next 10 years, even if only not to use them because I cannot imagine an air force actually willing to fly against these killers.

From Wikipedia (convincing evidence the Pentagon foresaw this day)

“In 2010, USAF initiated a study to determine the costs of retaining F-22 tooling for a future Service Life Extension Program (SLEP).[69] A RAND Corporation paper from this study estimated that restarting production and building an additional 75 F-22s would cost $17 billion, resulting in $227 million per aircraft or 54 million higher than the flyaway cost.[70] Lockheed Martin stated that restarting the production line itself would cost about $200 million.[71] Production tooling will be documented in illustrated electronic manuals stored at the Sierra Army Depot.[72] Retained tooling will produce additional components; due to the limited production run there are no reserve aircraft, leading to considerable care during maintenance.”

I think it will cost $20 to $25 billion for another 100 of these planes with the latest upgrades and it will be money well spent. Senator John McCain has been busy lately; maybe we can get him on this. This plane isn’t the turkey the F-35 turned into, this thing is the real deal and we need more of the real deal right now.

It wouldn’t hurt to spend another $10 billion on the top of the line F-18’s either. They also kick ass, although not quite in the F-22’s class — but would extend our force capability dramatically — because of their relatively low cost.

About karlspain

20 year Newspaperman. Lifelong Inventor. Wrote 2 books so far, working on more. The Revelation, 1st book, about your brain & the universe, and math. Hooked together! God I trust, America I love, 2nd book, is the biography of Aris Mardirossian, a great man. Also owned a software company, an IT integration company, a gas station and a fuzzy logic software title along the way.
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