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Unread post30 Apr 2017, 01:34

jessmo111 wrote:A 5th gen Light weight fighter for around 40 mill would be a game changer for a country like Vietnam, or the Philippines.

If you could get it for $40 million. Avionics alone constitute about 50% of a 5th gen fighter costs. Airframce design and production costs are also higher (likley substantially higher).

For example, the APG-82 AESA upgrade to F-15E costs about $9 million per radar. Lets round up to a cool $10 million for designing and manufacturing an AESA of the size to fit inside an FA-50 sized airframe. That right there will bring the cost of a regular FA-50 to $40 million. It's probably another $10-15-20 million for the rest of the avionics to bring it up to 5th gen level. Assuming one could fit all that, and get the power and cooling and space inside such a small airframe.

But you can say, we can sacrifice some of these avionics to get a cheaper plane. Sure. But is it worth it?
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Unread post30 Apr 2017, 01:44

I think that, when it comes down to it, we won't be seeing any new build combat aircraft significantly cheaper than the F-35.
In general, you should probably compare any proposed cost to the original proposed cost of the JSF.
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Unread post01 May 2017, 17:09

geforcerfx wrote:You can even have no Target at all, if your just working on bvr tactics against a 5th gen why do you even need a real opponent. Half your wingman may not even be in actual aircraft so why does the enemy need to be.

Virtual opponents as part of a larger integral training capability is in the works.
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