|Why bother shooting it down when it'll just price itself out of the sky?|
Remember that $37 million dollar per copy upgrade for the F-22? Well, it's no longer imminent. Thanks to the USA's budget sequestration, the program has now been put on indefinite hold. What does this mean for the world's deadliest (in theory if not yet in practice) jet fighter aircraft?
|Sorry Raptor drivers, no fancy helmet for you.|
It means the F-22 will not gain the ability to data link with non-F-22s. Its vaunted air superiority capability will continue to make due with missiles that are a generation behind the current AIM-120D and AIM-9X Sidewinder. The F-22 currently lacks a helmet mounted display that allows it to make a HOBS (high off bore sight) lock on an enemy. The F-22 also lacks any sort of IRST (infra-red search and track) capability, and will continue to do so.
|China can actually afford to upgrade its fighters.|
Better hope that stealth and outdated AMRAAMS are good enough, or there will be plenty more servings of "Raptor Salad".