vr773 wrote:What are some indicators for that envy that you claim to know of and how can a country as a whole by envious anyways? I think you might be projecting emotions here.
Definitely no emotions from my side, just clear observation as I am not American. It is 100% emotion from the German side.
Jealousy, envy, hate.. It's all the negative stuff. The general population of Germany deep down does not like the US. This is then reflected by their politicians and by what aircraft they purchase.
The JSF mission requirement is exactly what Germany requires. The resulting F-35A was produced from tens of billions of dollars of research and development. To spend $10+ billion and develop something identical, no level headed western government would do. To spend $5 billion and develop something far less capable than the F-35 is also illogical for such a small number of aircraft.
It is fine to pay double for something once including development costs if it has massive returns for your industry. Ship building in Australia is an example of this.
However you can draw the line when developing something locally can cost 10 times the price. 10 times the cost is well within the realms of possibility if they aim for F-35 level performance and development cost exceeds $20 billion.
Look at Japans F-2 as an example. What turned out to be a locally produced improved F-16 ended up costing 3 times the price of buying a standard US built F-16. Production was swiftly scaled back.
If you disagree that it is emotional decision then the only excuse left is plain stupidity.