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F-35 fast facts fixed

Posted by Picard578 on September 20, 2014

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7 Responses to “F-35 fast facts fixed”

  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/

    • picard578 said

      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. Chris said

    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”

    • picard578 said

      ” – 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

      • Chris said

        The thing is, for this plane to work, all of these “ifs” have to be addressed.

        There’s no way that is happening. They won’t address half of the issues. Very likely they won’t address any. They are likely to simply ignore them, deny they exist, or continue insisting that they are “making progress”. Worse yet, if it gets in the way of more profits there may be efforts to sabotage solutions.

        This aircraft is dead in the water.

      • Actually the F-22 Raptor just made an airstrike on ISIS Forces

      • picard578 said

        It can’t do CAS. IIRC, that strike was against a warehouse.

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