I see you're from the UK, what are you basing your info on?Curious how you'd have responded if he was from the US? Do you think they have a blockade on airplane information over there?Has nothing to do with that. Why the hostility? I mean the UK is also procuring the f-35. Wondering what the public opinion was.Calm down boy.
Well, I can't speak for all UKers, but one of the things that piss me off most about the F-35 is that we'll be stuck with a fleet of aircraft whereby we're not even allowed to know how they work or how to maintain them. Instead we just have to take it on faith that the US government haven't installed any backdoors into the software, and never decide to turn on us as they have been known to turn on other allies before now. Even though we don't think the US is going to turn on us in the forseeable future, our government shouldn't be placing us in a situation whereby we're effective at the beck and call of another country.
The thing is, we've seen it happen before. TSR-2 was suddenly cancelled and scrapped, as far as I can tell because of pressure from the US to buy from them rather than develop our own knowhow and technology. My understanding is that similar incidents have happened to Canadian and Japanese projects too. For a supposed ally, the US government certainly seems dead set against its allies being able to stand up for themselves :/
Wow....where did this come from? We keep hounding NATO members to spend their required 2% which only UK and Canada do. Sounds like were doing everyone else a favor.
We would like nothing more to share the military burden of defending europe.