posted on Sep, 28 2014 @ 07:34 PM
originally posted by: glend
Performance was entered into computers that simulated flight characteristics. From memory the simulation was against a SU27. F35 wasn't in the
hunting at all, got burnt badly. Hasn't stopped Australia from buying 72x F35A but its a
I've read the RAND report in question, and it did not simulate flight characteristics. It was a question of basing requirements and logistical
requirements inherent in a air battle with China. This keeps being brought up as some sort of super simulation proving the F-35 is a dog, but it is
never mentioned that even the F-22 losses were 100% in the same scenario. It modeled the total missile load of all available aircraft in the scenario,
and judged the losses based on ideal missile firing. The Americans in multiple scenarios with multiple kinds of aircraft mixes quickly ran out of
missiles and lost their tankers and support aircraft, which meant total loss of the force when they were unable to recover in Guam.
The F-35 should be kinematically equal to most fourth gen fighters with equivalent weapon loadouts. Which means it is at least as good as the Hornet
or Viper close in. Is it amazing in that regard? No. It has poor acceleration for one thing, which in a knife fight is sort of a big deal. But the
Hornet has the same issue, and that is the most frequently cited alternative buy.
There are tons of things wrong with the way this program has been handled. I could spend all day criticizing the JSF program, but the planes are
rolling off the assembly line. Unit cost continues
as LRIP continues. The price will drop significantly once testing is done and modifications stop being performed on the line. Countries
involved are getting various technology and industrial offsets, and at the end of the day customers will get the best (only) stealth strike fighter
available on the market within a 5 year time frame.
If you had asked me ten years ago what I thought, I would have canned the whole program. We're way past the point where that would make any sense.
Could it have been done better with a better end product? Yes. But this is what we've got. As the program matures, we will see a very impressive
aircraft in service.