Sounds like they just need to make some adjustments in the nose gear oleo to help out when the aircraft is light.
Don't forget the $205M they had to pay out for the FCPA charges settlement. That one probably still stings. Good.
Hardware too. Compare cell phone and computer technology from the '80's & 90's to today. It makes a lot of sense why a smaller aircraft could be used for this mission. You've got exponentially...
On one hand they TAI may seem to be a liability....but they own some of the work share on the F-35.
But look who else is in this competition:
LMC/KAI - Korean T-50 variant
Engine reliability has come a long way. Do engine failures happen? Sure. But it's become a very rare occurrence statistically.
This is why most wide body passenger jets have gone from 4 to...