Agree. The service wants new toys instead of moving steadily along with what they have. They tried to build an F-15 replacement in the F-22 but they larded it with so much high-tech claptrap that...
That's an idea silly and expensive enough for the Air Force to do it. They never met an overpriced silly idea they didn't spend our tax dollars on.
And why would you send a hundred million dollar jet to blow up a $15,000 Toyota with a machine gun on it or even to blow up a tank (if it can)? This aircraft brings an entirely new class of...
Because each F-22 is three times as expensive and is unreliable and expensive to maintain.
They will fly there under their own power.