Contractors & Vendors, Defense Department

Australian MP: US selling allies short on F-22

An Australian member of parliament says the US is giving its allies the shaft by not selling them the F-22 Raptor, and sticking them with the less-capable Joint Strike Fighter.

Key US allies – particularly Australia, Britain, Japan and, although with a very different relationship, Israel – have been told the Raptor is simply too good for them and that they will have to be content with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (and a hobbled export model at that, to ensure even America’s closest friends remain inferior in the skies).

Considering that the survival of the F-22 program is in considerable doubt, and the dependence of the US to achieve its mission overseas on coalition partners, maybe it’s time for the US to rethink its policy on exports?

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One thought on “Australian MP: US selling allies short on F-22

  1. stefan says:

    Too bloody true. But the truth is.. who needs the F-22 right now? I don’t see us going to war with China/Russia or any of our allies. Basically, our next twenty years are most likely to be spent crushing banana republics and middle eastern dictatorships. Neither require the F-22. Now, given that it’s harder to project power with the F-22 ’cause it won’t operate off a carrier, it would seem the F-35 would be a better plane to support.

    No?

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