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originally posted by: boomer135
Interesting note though, the four star commander of ACC recently said that the F-35s RCS is actually lower than the F-22s RCS. Now I don't know if that's true or not but why would a general who is no fan of congress or politics say that if it wasn't true?
But stealth is not invisibility, especially for fighters that must have tails for maneuverability (rather than the B-2 stealth bomber’s tailless “flying wing” design). Both F-22s and F-35s will be spotted at range by low frequency radar. The F-35′s cross section is much smaller than the F-22′s, but that does not mean, Hostage concedes, that the F-35 is necessarily superior to the F-22 when we go to war. In fact, Hostage says that it takes eight F-35s to do what two F-22s can handle.
“The F-35 is geared to go out and take down the surface targets,” says Hostage, leaning forward. “The F-35 doesn’t have the altitude, doesn’t have the speed [of the F-22], but it can beat the F-22 in stealth.” But stealth — the ability to elude or greatly complicate an enemy’s ability to find and destroy an aircraft using a combination of design, tactics and technology — is not a magic pill, Hostage reminds us.
"A Raptor at 50-plus thousand feet at Mach 2 with its RCS has a different level of invulnerability than a Lightning at 35,000 at Mach .9 and its RCS," Hostage says. "The altitude, speed, and stealth combined in the two platforms, they give the airplanes two completely different levels of capability. The plan is to normalize the Lightning’s capability relative to the Raptor by marrying it up with six, or seven or eight other Lightnings. The advanced fusion of the F-35 versus the F-22 means those airplanes have an equal level or better level of invulnerability than the Raptors have, but it takes multiple airplanes to do it because of the synergistic fused attacks of their weapon systems."
originally posted by: _Del_
The Israelis have penetrated Syrian systems on their way to and from the reactor site with using VLO aircraft at a time when Syrian presence was much stronger, so I'm not sure it's a given that we're exploiting all our advantages in a conflict against an opponent without a coordinated air defense.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: mbkennel
At least they learned their lesson. They've already said they're looking at separate airframes for the 6th Gen for the AF and Navy.
originally posted by: aholic
a reply to: mbkennel
The F-111 didn't work out so well for the Navy. And they ended up with an arguably better airplane because of that misdirection.
Carriers have really become strike platforms and aircraft design of the future will have to reflect that.
originally posted by: mbkennel
If you made a Strike Raptor with the 22's range and payload and F-35's avionics, who would want F-35?