TTC: "Such field testing is worth gold, literally, making the fighter planes more marketable." Well, considering that the IDF has spent over 20 years collecting heaps o' data on how to bomb helpless civilian poplns from the air, yeah, that'd be marketing gold when it comes to selling these planes to some of the more, ahem, disreputable regimes around the world. Not likely to appear on the glossy brochures, mind you....... TTL: "So, the US tax payer actually profits from the investment of providing planes to an ally." Gonna have to boost the sales a lot to recoup $9.75 billion dollars. Because that's how much it will end up costing the US taxpayer should Uncle Sam gift these planes to the IDF... It'd be waaaay cheaper just to bribe those tinpot dictators to buy the 75 F-35s that the USA could sell if they didn't give them away to the IDF. Heck, not ONLY cheaper, but much more moral to boot. Win-win for everyone. Well, except for one....
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from the article: Most advanced, expensive fighter jet headed to Israel