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US arms manufacturers are still flogging next-gen F-35 tech to DoD  purchasing agents, funded by the odious.

by Cat on Thu Dec 9th, 2021 at 06:47:43 PM EST
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I've been lately sensing some kind of change in the thinking regarding both military aircraft and ships: more and more commentators seem to think that maybe having only "jacks of all trades but master of none" in the fleet is not so good idea after all.

So the tendency may be to turn back towards having specialized platforms for different tasks, since it seems in the end give more actual tactical clarity and flexibility than having lots of "multi-role" under-performers.

They look good on presentations, but eventually do not really deliver. And they always, always cost more than their single-role brethren, so you always get less of them.

by pelgus on Thu Dec 9th, 2021 at 07:25:46 PM EST
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One airplane to do everything. That was the idea behind the F-4 Phantom back in the 1960s: Supersonic all weather fighter bomber interceptor ground attack carrier launch sector defense photo reconnaissance air superiority.

Manned airplanes are for re-fighting the wars that the current colonels got their promotions in. Meanwhile, there is an all-out global firefight on the Internet that is almost completely un-noticed.

by asdf on Fri Dec 10th, 2021 at 01:50:21 AM EST
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US military has been buying pig's ears for decades.  The Abrams main battle tank spends most of its time in the motor pool being fixed.  When it does run it's useless in the field since, at 70+ tons, it is road bound.  That's why the Marine Corps dumped the things.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 03:52:14 PM EST
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