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<homer>mmmm....nova...</homer> - don't let the bastards grind you down.
nova is having a 2 hour special on the development of the JSF.

it pits boeing versus lockheed to create the fighter that the navy, air force and marines will use for the next 50 years. the marine corps version will have capabilities like the harrier...yet cost only 30% as much as the F-22 raptor, which is the air forces maximum superiority fighter.

and let's not forget that the danes, swedes, italians, britons, and israelis will also get some.


sad thing is, the boring, lockheed version won the competition a few months ago. sigh... the boeing one was cheaper and cooler. que sera sera...
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qed From: qed Date: February 5th, 2003 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, but the Lockheed version involved less technical risk. And I guess you get really concerned about technical risk, when a 10% cost overrun is going to mean billions of extra dollars.

Also, Jesse MacGregor is doing software design for the secure communications system on the JSF (we're a sub to Lockheed).
taumeson From: taumeson Date: February 5th, 2003 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
involved less technical risk

Which is funny, considering the main piece of metal that holds the front to the back is a thick piece of titanium that took 5 months to manufacture....man, screw that up and you are out BIG TIME cash.

also.....big huge exhaust outlet that swivels?! crank shaft rotating a zillion times a second to spin a big fan in the middle of the airplane?! admittedly, it works great (boooorring), but I don't know about less technical risk.

Anyway, I liked how the boeing version was all kinds of modular when it comes to the construction. And that big intake in the front made it look kind of menacing.
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