Stealth missiles are about 30-50% more expensive than regular missiles, depending on requirements. Is it a way to make more money from the American government if proposed by their defense sector again? No, not really. Missiles are used only once, so paint is sufficient. Their stealthy frame may require more materials due to a higher surface-to-volume ratio, but the difference is not that significant. Paint is still the major cost factor. This means we can have missiles without paint for practice and those with paint for real conflicts. The cost increase is really minimal and the technology at least 25 years old. So, why not?
Firstly, for the American defense sector, which is private, making money makes sense. If a new design doesn’t make much more money, no matter how effective and efficient it is, it means nothing. The American government is not responsible for new designs, so they naturally don’t know about the best ideas ever conceived by their defense sector. They only know about the ideas that make the most money. Period.
Secondly, for the Russian defense sector, which is private also, all be it way more patriotic, new designs are meant for the display of Russian glory. They surpass American designs while keeping their strengths, such as maneuverability. Their objective is to show off, proving that they are smarter than Americans.
Thirdly, for the Chinese state-run defense sector, new designs are meant to prove that they are catching up to the U.S., falling under the umbrella of the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda. J-31 is a major joke, because without upper stealth, it has to fly higher than all other stealth fighters just for survival. The engineering of fighter jet engines has always been a major weakness in the Chinese defense industry. Why commit suicide? Obviously, they are just showing, believing that the Chinese people are easy to fool and deceive. They can’t possibly send J-31 to the battlefield, or their lies will be busted.
This is exactly what I am talking about. The Chinese Communist Party constantly places the party above the nation, a philosophy not going to attract the best Chinese talents. Until democracy happens, China still has a long way to go. After all, the smartest Chinese patriots place the nation above the party.
That’s it. I think this is enough for February. Let’s wait until March before the next post then. Again, it’s the nuclear supremacy that truly counts and matters. Air supremacy is really secondary. The major powers are just wasting money. There’s no real threat to national defense yet. Simple. No worries.