Re: Starting to make sense now
There's a long history of the US military aircraft manufacturers managing to "pull off" deals in Europe which were either astonishing strokes of luck, or good old fashioned corruption and bribery...
The Starfighter to Germany, a roll for which it was totally unsuited, and actually lethal in several cases immediately comes to mind, but there have been many others, which resulted in the UK going from a world leading military plane manufacturer to a consumer of US planes in only a few decades. Hell, the US bought all the Harriers the UK scrapped for spares, because their Marines still appreciated their abilities! This left the UK with nothing to launch off the catapult lacking carriers, and ripe for F-35 sales!
I'm amazed the US hasn't bought Rolls Royce and then scrapped it just to stop the UK having cutting edge engine knowledge.