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Posted: 4/10/2006 12:35:34 PM EDT
Labor wants Aussies to buy Raptor not JSF
CANBERRA, Australia, April 6 (UPI) -- Australia's opposition Labor Party is pressing the government to buy U.S.-made F/A-22 Raptors instead of cheaper U.S.-British Joint Strike Fighters.

The government currently plans to buy as many as 100 JSFs, but Labor argues buying a smaller number of the F/A-22 stealth planes would better meet Australia's combat air power needs after retirement of F-111 fighter-bombers in 2010.

"In so far as cost has been a major issue in the decision to purchase the JSF over the F/A-22, it appears that the cost differential between the two aircraft is significantly less than anticipated," The Australian Thursday quoted the advance text of a speech by Labor defense spokesman Robert McClellan.

McClellan noted the JSF was still in development so the final cost, as well as delivery date, estimates could not be relied upon.

Australia plans to buy up to 100 JSF aircraft at an estimated fly-away cost per plane of about (U.S.) $45 million. But McClellan noted a U.S. government audit report said initial production costs could actually climb to as much as $137 million. The cost to Australia for the F/A-22 Raptor now in production is estimated at about $153 million per plane.

RAAF wants F-22
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 12:38:46 PM EDT
Sweet. Anything to bring the unit price down.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 12:39:37 PM EDT
and anything to kill the JSF
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 1:05:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Orion_Shall_Rise:
and anything to kill the JSF



Not gonna happen.
The JSF/ F-35 is being marked as the "export fighter" for the majority of F-16 buyers.
Its price may be climbing, but the lower-end buyers will top out at the F-35.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 1:07:15 PM EDT
I will buy 40 F-35's
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 1:13:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By eodtech2000:
Labor wants Aussies to buy Raptor not JSF
CANBERRA, Australia, April 6 (UPI) -- Australia's opposition Labor Party is pressing the government to buy U.S.-made F/A-22 Raptors instead of cheaper U.S.-British Joint Strike Fighters.

The government currently plans to buy as many as 100 JSFs, but Labor argues buying a smaller number of the F/A-22 stealth planes would better meet Australia's combat air power needs after retirement of F-111 fighter-bombers in 2010.

"In so far as cost has been a major issue in the decision to purchase the JSF over the F/A-22, it appears that the cost differential between the two aircraft is significantly less than anticipated," The Australian Thursday quoted the advance text of a speech by Labor defense spokesman Robert McClellan.

McClellan noted the JSF was still in development so the final cost, as well as delivery date, estimates could not be relied upon.

Australia plans to buy up to 100 JSF aircraft at an estimated fly-away cost per plane of about (U.S.) $45 million. But McClellan noted a U.S. government audit report said initial production costs could actually climb to as much as $137 million. The cost to Australia for the F/A-22 Raptor now in production is estimated at about $153 million per plane.

RAAF wants F-22



An 8% cost difference for at least 30% more capability, it's a no brainer. The more countries that pull out of the JSF deal, the higher the unit cost gets too. I can see Japan and Australia going for the big dog instead of the half ass solution. Sucks that the UK will never pony up for them, but they want to fly off carriers, and the -22 will never do that.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 4:12:17 PM EDT
Maybe we will follow suit One can hope.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 4:17:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SJSAMPLE:
Not gonna happen.
The JSF/ F-35 is being marked as the "export fighter" for the majority of F-16 buyers.
Its price may be climbing, but the lower-end buyers will top out at the F-35.



If the price does indeed hit $135 million per F-35, those lower-end buyers will be going elsewhere.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 4:42:35 PM EDT
Good we need to keep the F-22 in production as long as possible.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 5:19:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/10/2006 5:22:26 PM EDT by barkley-addict]
it might have been overdone on here but what are the pros and cons of each aircraft capability wise?

or nevermind, I yahood raptor vs. jfs and there's lots of results

search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=sfp&p=raptor+vs.+jsf
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