Backman wrote:I've just been reading YF-23/YF-22 stuff.
I just realized that the US airforce picked the F-22 specifically because they didn't want it to be an expensive and complicated one-off project that would have to be cancelled.
But it turned into that anyway. So picking the plane with lesser abilities , was all.for not.
It's a conventionally designed plane. It shouldn't have been so expensive. Maybe they should have done away with the super duper RAM and a few other things. To make the thing more viable.
The problem is not RAM and various stealth details. It is the rotten MIC procurement process where you have 7,000 dollar toilet seats
The Pentagon can't account for over 3 trillion dollars spent between 1980 and 2010 (or something over 20 years, I forget). The
fact that all models of a batch end up costing way over the estimated price indicates corruption. Supposedly all of the development
costs have to be recovered. If that was true, then the initial samples would be expensive and the price would go down. You
never see cars being sold for several times their current prices decades after they were developed (say going from a model T to
a 1950s car type). They would be even cheaper if there was no phony competition to change the design on an annual basis
down to the parts. Not every part of a car needs to be changed and thus giving us the overpriced used car parts market.
The F-22's are falling apart from old age. Their expensive maintenance is another racket. It is not the cost of materials, it is
the "service". Just like with the over $50,000 per year cost of keeping inmates in jail. The ratio of prison guards to inmates
is nowhere near low enough to explain it. It is because inmates are being "catered" to. So their food, clothing and other
services are all gouging exercises. There is no way that their accommodations are better than any hotel. Supposedly they
even do their own laundry but I think that in many cases this is another catering service.