Rafale vs F-35 dogfight performance

1) Rafale will not be entering dogfight with its full external load. Fuel tanks will be dropped, and all but wingtip missiles expended, prior to the merge. Empty hardpoints and wingtip missiles cause relatively minor drag penalty, one that cannot negate F-35s far higher baseline drag. 2) Performance penalty due to external carriage is only…

Fighting in Iraq and its lessons

Despite Iraqi Army having the most modern US equipment as well as large numerical advantage, it has performed badly against Islamist fighters of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, also called ISIL). Before going into how and why, a little history is needed. ISIS has first appeared on scene after the US invasion of…

Aircraft roles

A-10: close air support fighter F-4: bomber interceptor with limited air superiority ability F-15: bomber interceptor with air superiority ability F-16: air superiority fighter with ground attack ability