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Is The F-35 Worth $115 Million?

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Published on Oct 12, 2019
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References:
[1] https://www.gao.gov/assets/600/591608.pdf
[2]https://www.boeing.com/history/products/x-32-joint-strike-fighter.page
[3] https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/how-boeings-x-32-could-have-replaced-the-f-35-why-it-never-22134
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Harrier_Jump_Jet_family_losses
[5] https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/jsf.htm
[6] https://www.f35.com/in-depth/detail/how-it-works-f-35b-hover
[7] https://www.rolls-royce.com/products-and-services/defence/aerospace/combat-jets/rolls-royce-liftsystem.aspx#section-our-customers
[8] https://web.archive.org/web/20081115084346/http://www.rolls-royce.com/defence_aerospace/technology/stovl.jsp

[9] https://www.f35.com/assets/uploads/documents/FG18-24036_010_F35FastFacts10_2019.pdf
[10] https://www.globalaircraft.org/planes/av-8b_harrier_ii.pl
[11] https://www.f35.com/about/variants
[12] https://www.businessinsider.com/f-35-vs-f-16-15-18-lost-beaten-flatley-comeback-2017-4?r=US&IR=T
[13] https://medium.com/war-is-boring/read-for-yourself-the-f-35-s-damning-dogfighting-report-719a4e66f3eb
[14] https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/no-the-f-35-was-not-beaten-by-an-f-16/
[15] https://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/f-35-faces-most-critical-test-180971734/
[16]https://theaviationist.com/2017/02/28/red-flag-confirmed-f-35-dominance-with-a-201-kill-ratio-u-s-air-force-says/
[17] https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/f-35-lightning-ii-eots.html
[18] https://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/super-helmet-180964342/
[19] https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2018/01/09/the-f-117-nighthawks-near-perfect-combat-record/
[20] https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/did-russias-new-radar-just-make-americas-lethal-stealth-16936
[21] https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/stealth-can-be-defeated-1999-f-117-nighthawk-was-shot-down-35142
[22] https://f35.com/about/cost
[23] https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/middle-east-demand-could-boost-f-35-sales-to-4600-u-458548/#targetText=Lockheed%20Martin%20believes%20that%20worldwide,sales%20potential%20of%204%2C000%20aircraft.


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