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US priorities: Pumping up military (and military contractors) vs. healthcare for citizens

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From a friend in the Netherlands (which, like Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom., enjoys universal healthcare):

The Lockheed Martin Lemon.

The helmets, which must be custom made for each pilot, cost $400,000 each.

There’s more:

New stealth bomber’s cost is under the radar.”

From the article: “It was disclosed that the B-21’s per-plane cost is expected to come in at roughly $560 million . . . ”

The plan is to buy 80 to 100 of them. And if the F-35 requires $406 billion more, then you can bet that the B-21 will cost billions more than the initial estimate.

Priorities?

The priorities of the US are clear. And most seem okay with it—certainly the GOP likes it that way, and they are the majority party.

UPDATE: See also “Why the F-35 is a sitting duck for the Flankers.” That story begins:

Built to be the deadliest hunter killer aircraft of all time, the F-35 has quite literally become the hunted. In every scenario that the F-35 has been wargamed against Su-30 Flankers, the Russian aircraft have emerged winners. America’s newest stealth aircraft – costing $191 million per unit – is riddled with such critical design flaws that it’s likely to get blown away in a shootout with the super-maneuverable Sukhois.

Stubby wings (that reduce lift and maneuverability), a bulbous fuselage (that makes it less aerodynamic) low speed and a super hot engine (which a half decent radar can identify) are just a few of the major flaws that will expose its vulnerability during air combat.

With more than 600 Flankers (Sukhoi-27s and its later iterations such as the Su-30, Su-34 and Su-35 Super Flanker) flying with air forces around the world, the fate of the fifth generation F-35 seems decidedly uncertain. Aerospace experts across the world are veering around to the view that America’s most expensive fighter development programme (pegged at $1.5 trillion) will be a sitting duck for the flankers. . .

Read the whole thing.

Written by LeisureGuy

10 July 2017 at 1:30 pm

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