|A very common lie or misunderstanding is that exported aircraft are the same than the country producer.
It is false for all nation producing aircrafts whatever american , europeans, russian and so on...
Moreover source codes on sensitive issues are not provided and software not the same, not to mention software backdoors and locks.
I'm always astonished when some SP members think that US provide them same product than US have.
See official links below.
A good article:
The stealth capacity of the JSF has been marketed as one of its major drawcards, but it is worth remembering that the Australian JSF will have only a ?third tier? stealth capability. The American F-22 Raptor has the highest stealth configuration, followed by the US version of the JSF, and then the JSF version sold to countries such as the UK and Australia.8
This was confirmed by the then US Ambassador Tom Schieffer in evidence to the JSCFADT on 21 June 2004.
The stealth technology that we have is extraordinarily important to
us because it does not exist anywhere else in the world. It is a huge advantage, and I think we
rightly are concerned that it not be easily disseminated to others. But I would commit again to
the concept that we have signed off on Australia receiving the absolute highest level of stealth
technology available to anyone outside the United States, be that the United Kingdom or anyone
else. I think?it is certainly my understanding anyway?that the Australian military are quite
happy with the level of technology that they think that they are going to receive on this
aeroplane. Again, it will not be exactly the same as the United States but it will be a whole lot
better than anybody else in the world has.