High-Priced F-22 Fighter Has Major Shortcomings
The United States' top fighter jet, the Lockheed Martin F-22, has recently required more than 30 hours of maintenance for every hour in the skies, pushing its hourly cost of flying to more than $44,000, a far higher figure than for the warplane it replaces, confidential Pentagon test results show.
The aircraft's radar-absorbing metallic skin is the principal cause of its maintenance troubles, with unexpected shortcomings -- such as vulnerability to rain and other abrasion
Yup, P-51 had some troubles too, became moderately usefull though...
I don't get the whole umbrella thing, regional humor perhaps?
first it is a matter of who is a better pilot
second the f 22 can be destroyed from the ground (air defence ) if your fighters can maneuver and survive the bvr missiles you can pull the f 22 to the range of ground air defence
or if you have bvr you can win by numbers face the f 22 with much cheaper jets and much more
that is if you are defending
We are in trouble, we lack the engineering skill to replace an oxygen system.
Compare Egypt's economy to the US, then ask yourself, "can Egypt field a military?." Now go think about it.
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