Warren Bostrom, Accounting & Finance
How does the F-35 Lightning II multirole fighter compare to current military airplanes in terms of costs and capabilities? This is a comparison study based around the F-35 and five other planes. The F-35 is chosen because of its status as an ongoing project and due to its controversy as a plane. This study looks at all values. It is completely numeric based allowing for objective analysis. These planes chosen for study are the F-16 C/D, F/A-18 E/F, F-22A, AV-8B Harrier II, and A-10C. These planes are chosen because the F-35 is meant to replace them in the case of all the planes except the F-22A.In the case of the F-22A, it is the same generation as the F-35 and developed a bit earlier. In conducting the research on the F-35 it is found that while comparing cost data to capabilities the F-35 is not worth the money spent when compared to modern platforms.
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