Once the F-16 is out of the equation then what plane is the US going to sell to pleb-tier air forces?
>One day in the future we will look back on the F-35 like we do the F-4 and think of it as obsolete and only for countries with not much money
The F-16 isn't out of the equation at all. Lockheed is still supporting it.
For countries that need a cheap fighter, the F-16 is still a very promising choice.
>For countries that need a cheap fighter, the F-16 is still a very promising choice.
Well, that's essentially everybody then. The majority of air-forces won't ever need a bells and whistles F-35.
Because there is unit cost, flyaway cost, R&D costs, support costs..
None of which are necessarily the same, even between the same metrics.
The under $20 Million cost was in 1998 dollars, and only for a Block 25 aircraft.