QUOTE(Ghostrider @ Dec 16 2006, 02:21 PM)
Other countries have contributed and will eventually be in the market, hence the "Joint".
Not quite Ghost. The "joint" actually is a joint US armed forces thing, it was technically an effort to have a single aircraft operate for all branches of the armed forces, meaning Navy/Air force.
For years they have had exchange programs in an effort to pull the Air Force to have greater forward based dispatchability, this was tough because crews could not land on carriers if need be, nor could they because the aircraft was not capable of it. This program still runs today, but has very little value, if you ask me. This JSF would offer a greater chance of recovering aircraft regardless of it being USN/USAF (I don't count USMC, has it is just a branch of the Navy, sailors with rifles).
The other very good point of that program is in regards to supply, if everyone operates the same equipment, that means that you can land at any airfield or carrier, and they will have the engineers/technicians, and spare parts to fix the flying contraption, without having to wait in long delays for either or.
So it is not "joint" in terms of international, it is joint in terms of US armed forces.
Whatever happened to all of this...I am not quite sure.