Nightly F-35 shitstorm
Daily reminder that it's going to be the dominant air platform into the 2030's
>dominant western/NATO air platform
The more smarter countries that aren't tied to the US can always buy any recent version of the Su-30/35, MiG-29, Gripen, Rafale or J-10, JF-17 if they are dirt poor.
>Hue, spanish slipping by
Rafale is expensive as hell yet on paper is a superb plane, for some even better than the EF, the latest Flanker series aren't bad either, with the option of installing western avionics if you really think russian ones are shit, same goes for the Fulcrum although all that extra fuel had affect it's performance.
Gripen and J-10 are cheap alternatives for countries that want good fighters but can spend much, and the JF-17 is just another version of the MiG-21 for nations that really can't afford anything else but want something new.
Granted I'm not an airplane expert, I think the shitstorm is unwarranted. Yes, it would lose in a dogfight, but a modern day dogfight is totally unrealistic. It has superior weapons, superior maneuverability, and superior stealth. Yes, it makes sacrifices for those things, but for what it will be doing, I think it's the best.
The Eurocanards are pretty inferior to the F-35.
They have minor kinetic advantages in STR, ITR, and RoC, roughly equivalent AoA, and inferior acceleration.
They have major electronic disadvantages from inferior stealth, radar, RWR, MAWS and datalink, which roughly equivalent primary IRST.
Out-turns and out-climbs the F-16/18 and has 360 IRST and HOB missiles. Also an HMD and large countermeasure suite. It'll be fine in dogfights.
It's cheaper in terms of PUAC than literally every other major modern western fighter.
>$29,145,336,000 for 160 planes 
>$182,158,350 unit program cost
>$60,588,918,000 for 130 planes
>$466,068,600 unit program cost
>$67,000,000,000 for 187 planes
>$358,288,770 unit program cost
USAF, USN, and USMC F-35 purchases
>$398,584,600,000 for 2,443 planes
>$163,153,745 program unit cost (Average across all variants)
But the F-35's an overpriced disaster, right you guize?
>Inb4 "but muh $1 trillion"
That's for O&S over the entire lifetime of the fleet, you dumb fuck. These are program prices at acquisition.
>Inb4 some retard claims a post from defense.pk or f16.net trumps an SAR
Footnote numbers in pastebin
You should've done napkin math
$322,580,645 including airframes and maintenance over their whole lifetimes.
Think about that, that's fucking cheap, why people leave this shit out I will never know.
$416,093,327 on average for the entire program from beginning to estimated retirement of the F-35, actually. Still not too bad.
24,339 test points completed, 15,173 hours flown, 7 years in flight, 193 airframes delivered, and two accidents during that entire time.
Yep, just so failed
Only the US expenditures are listed in the SAR. Our predicted life-cycle cost is $1,016,516,000,000. We're getting 2,443 planes, excluding the 17 development airframes. Simply divide.
>It'll totally be cancelled any day now guise, in spite of its success and the total lack of viable alternatives!
This is how I imagine you