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After all the news about the F-16 killing the F-35 in a dogfight, I had to do a little research. I know the DoD and Lockheed wouldn't spend $35 million on a dog. Here is what LM says about air to air:
"The F-35ís integrated sensors, information and weapons systems give pilots an advantage over potential threat front-line fighter aircraft. Compared to 5th Generation fighters like the F-35 and F-22, legacy aircraft have a larger radar cross-section (RCS), which means they can be more easily detected by enemy radar. In aerial combat, legacy aircraft have relatively equal opportunities to detect and engage one another, while a 5th Generation fighter pilot can see enemy aircraft first and take decisive, lethal action from a stand-off distance. The ability to see and not be seen is redefining previous generation air-to-air tactics."
Again, much like how the F-4 was not given a gun because it was designed to kill bombers...yeah, DoD thought the threat of bombers was the future of air to air defense...it appears the F-35 is designed to kill the enemy using it's stealth and electronics advantage. Here we go, the DoD isn't expecting line of sight dogfights for the F-35...go figure. Guess they will be backed up with F-22s.
I haven't posted a photo in a while, so here's an oldie of what some first thought was a Weird Bird:
(Anyone else used the "Dehaze" slider in LR?)
Edited on Jul 30, 2015 at 10:08 PM · View previous versions