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  1. Don't forget JASSM. It may not be employed by F-35, but numerous other platforms can carry it. DEAD will see F-35s and JASSMs. JASSMs everywhere.
  2. Yup. ATF program was really about developing three next generation aspects, and merging them all into one platform: 1. An LO airframe that could match the performance of the F-15 2. Engines 3. Sensors
  3. In other breaking news, water is wet.
  4. Aside from the aforementioned advanced in LO technology, remember that the F-117 was a subsonic platform that had no self-defense capability (not even RWR), a payload limited to two 2000-lb LGBs and it's primary sensors were a couple of FLIR turrets.
  5. Exactly. The other limitation of LF radar is that it can't be used for targeting missiles. LF radars are usually very large (fixed sites) and require lots of power, so they're vulnerable.
  6. For those reading that and thinking, "That's not a bad idea..." I'm going to break down why his dementia is a terrible thing. Wireless carriers like AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have hidden the actual cost of phones for years. They charge you a couple hundred dollars up front and hide the rest of the cost in your wireless bill each month, which you’re locked into for two years. While still a hefty $200, a subsidized smartphone is only a fraction of the $500, $600, $700, or even $800 you’d otherwise spend for a good phone at retail. Smartphones are so expensive that you can often buy an HDTV
  7. People make emotional or political decisions, not logical ones. People come and go; those who have come before take that experience with them and the new people that come in and think they're Marco Polo.
  8. Yeah, it's pretty common. F-22's sideways-looking radar was deleted. IRST was downgraded from multi-color to single color, before being omitted altogether. The ejection seat requirement was downgraded from a fresh design to the ACES II. The HMD was omitted, as was AIM-9X. All those were cut due to budget; better to get a new plane on the ramp and F-16 had a LOT of capability left out when it hit IOC. So much so, that the AF didn't get the plane they wanted until the Block 30, well over a decade after IOC. This was touched upon two months ago. Why does this happen with every new plane? Be
  9. Your "simple" question assumes the following: 1. It assumes that all of the responsibility falls solely upon the manufacturers. That assumes that Lockheed, Boeing, Northrop, General Dynamics, Grumman, McDonnell Douglas, Convair, Rockwell, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Martin-Baker, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Rolls-Royce, FLIR Systems, BAE, Raytheon, etc. are all consistently incompetent. 2. It assumes that the customer (DoD, USAF, USN, USMC, partner nations, etc) are not at fault in any way, shape or form; that they never request changes, that they never change requirements, t
  10. It's worse than that. The whole article was lazy. It was nothing but the same - and old - talking points, many of which have been either refuted or disproven. But they garner clicks and shares and gives a bunch of people with no experience an excuse to whine. And yes, that's what they are, whines, and as such, they have no reason to be respected. What are you, new? That's happened to every new aircraft procurement project in the past 50 years.
  11. And the control law test with the F-16D. Then why even bring it up at all? Informative my @$$. The implication being that the F-35 can't carry as much as the A-10 or F-16. He makes no mention of the lack of any LO requirement over Iraq or Syria, in which case an F-35 can out-carry the Viper and at least match the Hog's bomb-carrying payload. No one seems to mind that F/A-18s have had this same issue for decades.
  12. Normal Eagle loads; AIM-9, AIM-120, AIM-7 (back when those were still a thing), 20mm cannon.
  13. Tyler Rogoway's least favorite Norwegian, Major Morten “Dolby” Hanche is back. Major Hanche is a pilot from the Royal Norwegian Air Force experienced pilot with more than 2,200 hours in the F-16, as well as a graduate of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, and is the first Norwegian to fly the F-35. Earlier this year, Major Hanche "cleared the air" so to speak, about what flying the F-35 in BFM was actually like. And he's back to tell us about his experiences flying against Draken's A-4s
  14. The larger wing permits a slower approach speed, useful when you're landing on the boat.
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