Understand all that, but I still think Boeing or whoever builds the thing, are ripping everyone off!Value for money equates to not being a contender on Day One. F-35 was the only game in town.
We don’t need the F-15EX/Super Hornet. We have Typhoon.
And yes, we needed -Bs. The design work wasn’t nearly there in terms of cats and traps. Plus, there’s the sortie generation and training advantages of STOVL. This has all been covered previously.