Why are we buying the world's worst new war plane?
Military hardware takes a lot of marketing. When it doesn't work, it takes even more marketing. As far back as 2008, Rand Corporation analysts argued that the JSF F-35 was an inferior fighter, saying it 'Can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run.' It has short legs as well, with a range of around 1000kms making it the wrong war plane for our vast Pacific region. In addition, the F-35’s radar jamming systems are unlikely to work against new radar technology under development in China and Russia.