Re: WaitWhat? Affordability challenges?
It was a brilliant plan.
We need a high performance interceptor.
Which also needs to be stealthy
But able to carry lots of external ordnance as a bomber
To be cheaper than the planes it is replacing
And be strong enough to land on a carrier
And have VTOL
And have lots of revolutionary, never tried before, high tech
But have nothing secret so we can sell it to lots of "allies" and be compatible with all their systems.
And it has to have a human pilot because no way are we getting approval for anything this expensive unless we can sell the TopGun/Battle of Britain bit.
But it needs to have an in-service life of 40years so we can make the cost look good.