Flying with the AB on for more than 90 seconds would also be a good improvement that they don't seem interested in working on... amazing...
Instead of dealing with problems and coming up with more than a work around like a level one help desk jockey would do, they need to fix the design properly.
Of course cutting Turkey out of the programme means a new maker of wing parts and of course a serious push to reduce costs means most things are cheaply made on it now too... I am sure reliability wont suffer....
Their problem is that their stroke of genius also dooms them to failure.
Build factories to make parts for the plane in districts where the senators who decide on what programme gets money get voted in or out.
This means a map of where parts are made is eye wateringly complex with no order or structure or common sense. The wings are made here because it is a poor area with high unemployment and the senator for this area is the chairman of the committee that decides funding for the pentagon...
How many qualified engineers do you think live there?
Lots of jobs for the boys... but not quality workers and shifting parts around the entire country is expensive.... now putting a fourth generation thermal imager and AESA array on a plane is expensive.... but it would also be a valuable thing in combat so it is worth it.
Having to ship parts made all over the country to various places to be assembled and then shipped to other parts of the country to be further assembled is expensive but it doesn't make the plane better... it just makes it more expensive... but it also guarantees it is too big to fail.
Proven with the C-17.... it was an expensive dog of a plane but they kept getting funding for it because it got those senators votes.... it greased the gears to the point where they were all sloppy... they stopped asking for them and kept getting them for the next 10 years... hugely successful programme that was hugely wasteful and inefficient and it is not like it was an amazing plane because it was not.
Everything about it was expensive.