Trust me, the US military will not put a multi-million dollar fighter until the technology is fully proven. Even advanced design will be dropped if it is flawed. Just look at the M-8 rifle.Also, there have been other systems, outside of Lockheed, that were designed and built fo this fighter, many of them having never undergone field testing.
I agree with Quatro, MAD worked with the Soviets for 30+ years, and it will work with N. Korea. Kim Jong II just wants to continue living in luxury. He does that by crushing an entire nation beneath him, and threatening the West, to maintain his popular support. (See LOAF's post earlier) He isn't stupid enough to pick a fight with the most powerful nations in the world. And the West is content to let him continue, and jsut wait until he dies.That's crazy talk. It's one thing to not underestimate your enemy... and entirely another to think that everybody's out to get you. North Korea will never, ever launch nuclear missiles at the US, not even if they ever develop the capacity to do so. This isn't some mad race against time, trying to stop a crazy psychopath before he gets you... it's mere politics.
The bomb WILL NOT FUNCTION in an intercept! The explosives require incredibly precise timing, since the goal is to crush the plutonium into a very small, even sphere. That won't happen in an intercept. They wouldn't build a missile defense system like ours if that could happen. And hydrogen bombs have been around since the late '50s, not 'recently'.the explosive would be easily detonated.
We have reached the limits of what a human can withstand in maneuvering. Too high of G force will knock out a pilot or kill him. There can't be that big of a difference in maneuvering ratings. And if the fighter is stealthy, it don't matter. You can't hit what you don't paint on radar.The Typhoon is superior to the F-35 in manuvearability
Britain builds their own ships, the RN wouldn't buy a carrier, and the US won't sell one. We were still using the oil-fired Kitty Hawk class from the '60s well into the mid 90's. Tigerhawk, you said you're Navy. If I made any errors, please correct me.