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American Gripen: The Solution to the F-35 Nightmare Paperback – 14 December 2016
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In place of the long-delayed, heavy and expensive F-35, the U. S. military has a better alternative, the Saab Gripen multi-role fighter aircraft. The F-35 is the world's largest weapons program, but it has attracted little in-depth analysis to date, apart from the Pentagon Director of Operational Test and Evaluation reports which, year after year, point out the aircraft's show-stopping failings and shortcomings. Becuase we are all paying for it, American Gripen was written to provide the buying public a complete understanding of the F-35's whys and wherefores in the context of military aviation. It is a call to action. We will all be much safer when the F-35 program is dead an buried.
- Publisher : Stairway Press (14 December 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 294 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1941071538
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941071533
- Dimensions : 14 x 1.68 x 21.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 495,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There will always be dilettantes like Archibald pontificating about subjects outside their lane. It is part of living in a democracy. We have to suffer the misguided getting a say, but as one former F22/F35 pilot explained "the biggest critics are the farthest away"
F35 massacres 4th generation aircraft like the Gripen at a rate of 24 to 1 at Red Flag.
The pilots who have flown the F35 don't want to go to war in anything else.
Did not see much of the pilot's perspective on the F35. There are hundreds of pilots who have flown both 4th gen and F35. They are after all the ones putting their lives on the line. Do You think they would agree within book?
Clearly the answer is NO. This book is drivel.
The author clearly isn't drinking the Kool-Aid about american weapons systems being better than anything else, ever, all the time.
The author qoutes actual battlefield results of weapons systems such as air to air missiles. The actual results are not what the public is led to believe. As a combat veteran myself, I can attest to this being true, the actual battlefield is not the clean lab where everything works. Furthermore, war has its own reality and weapons systems are not and cannot always be used as the manufacturer intended. For example, infantry sometimes used smart anti weapons on mud huts and such, unit the U.S. army put a stop to the by issuing Carl Gustav's
This leads me to believe that many of the problems highlighted in this book, will be actual problems in combat situations with opponents who are capable of with more than just small arms.
This book wasn't exactly what I was looking for. However, it was informative, it was interesting, and I'm glad a read it. Could the author have stayed on track better? Yes. There are certainly tangents, and perceived Chinese aggression seems to play a big part in the authors thinking.
Like much of history, a national defense needs to be carefully thought out, with all potential adversary's taken into account. So after reading this am I convinced that U.S. national defense could get a get a jet better suited to addressing future missions, for the same or less money? Yes. Did this author convince me? No. I've read other books on the subject, and I have a military back ground. But the book is worth reading.