Jet Designer: The F-35 Would Have Been Defeated Even During World War II
As the Senate Armed Services Committee holds hearings on the controversial F-35 program, Radio Sputnik hears from Pierre Sprey, one of the designers of the F-16, to discuss how the beleaguered fighter jet is emblematic of the US military industrial complex.
“I would say that the cost will come out to $200 million per airplane,” Sprey tells Loud & Clear, referring to the F-35 Joint Strike fighter developed by defense giant Lockheed Martin.
“Maybe more. Maybe the bills will be even larger, because this airplane is in the middle of testing, and every time they test it they find another failure, and another failure means an expensive fix that has to be put into the production line.”
While the F-35’s developers tout its stealth capabilities, Sprey finds that to be a misleading description.
“[Stealth] was an advertising hook when it was first developed as a multibillion dollar program in the early 80s,” he says. “Stealth itself dated all the way back to World War II, but was a relatively cheap and low-level operation until [former US Defense Secretary] Bill Perry saw it as a hook for selling a whole new generation of missiles and very expensive bombers and fighters.
“They managed to put across
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