Not a long read, just some numbers for you to chew on and decide for yourself what to think of the F-35. While it remains to be seen just how serious the concept of the Millennium Falcon could be, the $1.5 trillion price tag for the development of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter certainly makes it plausible now doesn’t it. Aircraft and Star Wars gurus can take it from here and debate the merit of what I am about to show you, but let us not pretend that a fighter that has taken over 20 years to develop at a cost of $1,500,000,000,000 and still doesn’t work is a smashing success. The Pentagon just released an 82-page report highlighting that it still doesn’t work and yet, the only plausible answer is to go ahead and purchase hundreds of them because they trust Lockheed-Martin to figure it out. We are buying the planes, not because they work, but because we already knocked up Lockheed-Martin and it appears the Government is just trying to make an honest woman out of her.
Meanwhile, the highly advanced Russian S-400 anti-aircraft/anti-missile system comes in at a cost of just $500 million and holds 8 ready to fire anti-aircraft missiles with 16 available for reload. These missiles are reported to be able to travel over 400 km and at speeds of over 17,000 km per hour which is faster than any aircraft to include the trillion dollar F-35. Sorry for the metric measurements, but the only info I could find on the system was from Europe where they still deny the beauty of the American measurement system. Suck it Europe and take your Liter of Cola elsewhere.
While I might be a Marine, I am clearly no defense expert. Yet, I do hold a Ph.D in the absurd. So when I read the latest report on the F-35 and came across the below estimates to build a Millennium Falcon, I couldn’t help but share it. It shows what modern technology it would take to replicate the end result. Once again, this is in British pounds, but if you do the math, it converts to a cost of $4.6 billion dollars per Millennium Falcon which leads me to ask my Government as a tax payer, where are my 326 Millennium Falcons for the same price of a program that still doesn’t work and could be shot down by a 1/24th of a $500 million Russian missile battery. Again, no expert, but it is certainly worth the attention of the American people. Assess the Falcon schematics and I’d love to hear what both the air defense experts and Star Wars experts have to say. Are we bankrupting ourselves to fund a fighter the Russians and Chinese can shoot down for cheap?
Infographic by Building The Millennium Falcon