LABF the hawk. How amusing.
Offspry is a flying joke.
We have or had 800 Abrams tanks. They were upgraded recently to full digital.
The A-12 was an experimental plane replaced by the F-117 NightHawk.
The F-14D is 30 years old and was replaced by the F-18 and soon to be Joint Strike Fighter.
They are going to retire two old Iowa Class Battleships and two Cruisers? This isn't WW2. They will make fine museum pieces tho. Hopefully. I think the Missouri is allready a museum, they should probably make another.
The F-16 is still in production for allies, but it's pretty much outdated as well.
The B-52 is almost 50 years young and will continue to fade away slowly as certain airframes become simply unuseable. Talk about an antique.
The B-2 was designed for a nuclear war. The collapse of the USSR allowed those 800 tanks to be used elsewhere, and the B-2 program to be cut back. It's not economical as a conventional bomber.
I could go on and on, but the point is that the USSR fell, ending a HUGE threat in weapons procurement, and Reagan had never seen a weapon that he didn't like. The cupboard was full.
Obviously, the thin skin of Humvees, which were never really intended to work anywhere but behind Tanks and APC's, were forced into service on Urban Patrol where they are mincemeat for improvised roadside bombs and RPG's.
Strykers are coming in that should be a major improvement, altho I don't like that design either. We need another urban combat vehicle with more guns, not just a tank killer. More like a hard armored, mobile 50 caliber porcupine with grenade launchers Suplemented with the traditional Stryker.
For all your complaining LABF, we just launched another Aircraft Carrier, named the Ronald Reagan (I bet you love that), and will probably curtail the F-22 production to move another generation up to the Joint Strike Fighter.
There also is yet another Nimitz2 class Carrier being built I think it's going to be the Bush
. That will give us 7 or 8 SuperCarriers (not sure). Each has it's own battlegroup. The idea that the United States is emasculated militarily is a joke.
Finally, existing ApacheA series are being upgraded as well as the new ApacheD "LongBow" Helicopters will have both the newest Air to Air stinger systems, as well as the newest Hellfire missle system.