F-35 fast facts fixed

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  1. Lol, What’s sad though is that I cannot criticize the F-35 without thousands of JSF Supporters and fanboys dog piling on me. They stare even more in disbelief when I show them this: http://airdefensenetwork.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/f-22-raptor-combat-exercise-record/

    • Problem is, people who arrive at conclusions soonest have either an agenda or didn’t do the research. Then some others join them because they think that “hey, these guys must have valid reasons for their opinion”, then even more join them, and it produces a chain reaction which leads to majority of people arriving at the wrong conclusion – because they are too lazy to think.

  2. Kind of scary that there are so many fans of the F-35 and F-22 online. They believe – without thinking about the implications of what is being said to them.

    I mean there are a ton of issues:

    – If the price does not go down, then the purchased number will go into death spiral mode
    – Worse, it will lead to partners abandoning the project causing the price to go up even more and maybe the US arms reputation to go down
    – If IRST can detect the big hot engine from a distance, it’s a huge problem and renders the stealth to something ineffective
    – If the BVR AAM promises of radar guided missiles do not work, then the aircraft is very vulnerable to more agile aircraft
    – If the aircraft cannot do CAS, the US will be left with only bombers (admittedly advocates of the F-35 tend to undervalue CAS)
    – If this is the only aircraft in the arsenal, it could render the US very vulnerable because there’s relatively few plan Bs, although the cost overruns may force aged F-16, F-15, and F-18s to remain in the fleet (a net gain admittedly)
    – If the software is problem plagued, planes could be lost during critical times, not just in peacetime

    That’s a lot of “ifs”

    • ” – If IRST can detect the big hot engine from a distance, it’s a huge problem and renders the stealth to something ineffective”

      IRST can detect even skin friction heating (from both aircraft and missile) at tactically useful distances.

      “– If the BVR AAM promises of radar guided missiles do not work,”

      They don’t.

      ” – If the aircraft cannot do CAS, the US will be left with only bombers (admittedly advocates of the F-35 tend to undervalue CAS)”

      It is actually their goal.

      ” – If the software is problem plagued, planes could be lost during critical times, not just in peacetime”

      No problem, just throw in few more billion USD to fix these problems

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