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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Mar 2015 5:43 p.m. PST

Writing in Proceedings magazine, Jim Murphy complains about "acquisition programs that do not improve national defense."

He specifically cites "recent efforts to force acquisition of a second engine for the F-35 fighter, which then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called an 'unnecessary and extravagant expense'."

Do you agree?

Mako1121 Mar 2015 6:10 p.m. PST

I think it is a bit premature to buy additional engines, when we don't have the aircraft yet, and they won't be fully capable of using all the currently planned weaponry, until 2022, or later.

It would also be embarrassing to have a lot of extra engines, should the project be cancelled.

Doubtful, but I live in hope that sanity will one day take hold, and they'll save the money for the 6th Generation fighters, instead of an overpriced, bomb truck.

dsfrank21 Mar 2015 6:12 p.m. PST

No!!! The F-35 should be scrapped!!!! A waste of taxpayer money – thanks lobbyists :(

skippy000121 Mar 2015 7:36 p.m. PST

Go back to the F-20-cheap quantity plus drones will wear down any air defense. Or get Mike Mercury and the Supercar prototype.

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Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2015 10:27 p.m. PST

There was a second engine, a Rolls Royce option, but it was cut some time ago

Lion in the Stars22 Mar 2015 10:14 a.m. PST

The GE/RR F136 engine was actually a lot more advanced and something like 10 lbs heavier than the current engine. And nearly twice as powerful as the Pegasus engine in the Harrier.

But given that the single engine in the F35 has more power than both engines in the F18C/D, how much more power do you want?

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2015 3:39 p.m. PST

Given that some critics hammer the F35 for being underpowered and slow, presumably someone would have appreciated the more powerful engine :)

GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2015 7:18 a.m. PST

Sure, why not, just put it on my tab.

Weasel23 Mar 2015 6:11 p.m. PST

I'll be the owner of Games Workshop before the F35 flies a combat mission.

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