posted on Oct, 12 2018 @ 06:18 AM
a reply to: Flanker86
The EU and the United States are not potential enemies. In fact, much of the EU is actually part of a military pact with the United States called
NATO. The only time the key part of NATO has been invoked - article 5 - was after 9/11, when NATO (including many EU nations including the
Netherlands) stood with the United States against terrorism.
EU nations have actually contributed to the F-35, in particular the Netherlands who are using their own jets as part of the entire programs
Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E). The most used chase plane during flight test is from the Netherlands. And, most of the coolest F-35 pictures
were also taken of Netherlands jets. The Netherlands have certainly contributed a lot to the jet, and there hasn't been many issues with industry from
the Netherlands who have been producing parts for the F-16 for decades.
Unlike you, as a citizen from a country who is actually buying the F-35 (as opposed to a citizen of a country failing at stopping the F-35 (you)), I
support EU parts on my jets.
If crashes with F-35s happen, the first to blame should be EU governments, especially if the crashing plane is piloted by American
On a more serious note, most of the external attacks on the F-35 program (rather than public criticism) have been from nation states such as Russia
and China who have stolen documents about the jet.
Every time a document from the west is stolen, then the retaliation should be asymmetric and disproportionate. Stealing their documents may not be
sufficient, hence I propose utilizing cyber capabilities to directly disrupt and/or destroy the "capabilities" of their "industry".
And no doubt that considering how widespread the F-35 is turning out and how much more successful it is than their own 5th generation fighters, Russia
and China will attempt to influence the global supply. If crashes with F-35s happen, espionage should be considered, aimed at finding out of Russia is
yet again responsible meddling in the affairs of other nations and yet again blaming other nations for its crimes.
edit on 12/10/18 by C0bzz
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