Source: Defense News
quote: But yea, the Fed really was printing $85 billion/month. It's at $55 billion/month now.
quote: Recently, Bogdan has been encouraging Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney to make "multiple-year buys and long-term arrangements" with their suppliers to avoid further cost overruns.
quote: I had a guaranteed military sale with ED209! Renovation program! Spare parts for 25 years! Who cares if it worked or not?
quote: Wrong Russia an China bot make long wave radar now, and stealth dose not work real well on long wave radar.
quote: "These VHF radars can detect aircraft constructed using stealth technology," Viktor Ozherelev, a division head at Almaz-Antey, claimed at a 2007 arms show. "The Americans know their stealth program has failed." Most experts say this is an exaggeration, but it's not unfounded.
quote: The other is basically the deadliest long range missile recently put into service, the meteor missile which will be used on typhoons and Rafales and maybe the European spec F-35, and why is it so dangerous?....It's a scramjet missile flying as mach 8 with both a radar and infrared sensor.
quote: And you dont think the Russians and/or Chinese are gone invent something similar in 5, 10 or 15 years.
quote: So you better get moving as all US planes are still screwing around with rocket based missiles for both short and long range scenarios.
quote: F-35 is already in it's 20th year of development with another 4 years until it's ready for combat missions, and the biggest mistake is being made right now by building them in concurrency, as they're coming out of the production line with defects so they can be used for training pilots, and when solutions are found, they go back to the factory to be disassembled and the updates installed....It's like building the same plane twice.
quote: And the bottom line is that it trashes the very reason for the existence of the F-35
quote: Technology advances far faster and the only plane in existence today that has served that long is the b-52 bomber...No fighter plane has even been tasked to last that long, no matter how many upgrades have been done to it or how well it's been designed, from any country.
quote: As for the IRST's, it may be true that their strong points are for incoming hostile missiles, but if does warn of one and the plane can avoid it, then doesn't the F-35 lose it's first shot first kill objective in BVR and be forced into a dogfight against a plane designed from the ground up to be a dogfighter above all else?/quote>Maybe, but probably not. If the fighter was able to defeat the 1st missile shot, he is probably is a low energy state from losing speed in max effort turns as well probably now being in a position less likely to detect the F35 (distracted from radar operation or now outside of radar/IRST cone.The F35 is as capable as the F16 kinematically in a dogfight in combat configurations it will also have the advantage off-bore sight acquisition and targeting advantage from EODAS and the AIM9X is capable of high off bore shots.However, considering it's very dangerous for any fighter, super maneuverable, super stealth, or whatever to be fighting in visual range, then F35 tactics will be to avoid close range fights if the opponent might also carry a HOBS capable missile. Same thing for F22's. Successful pilots try to fight towards their strengths, and that is BVR for the F22 and F35.
quote: In any case, in testing the F35 has been shown to have turning capability that is similar to the F16 and F/A18.
quote: stealth is not the only thing going for it. It has better sensors, better radar, better pilot interfaces, better comms
quote: and better range than about anything else out there.
quote: but you can't reliably fire a missile at it since you don't have precise altitude or distance.