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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Utnapisjtim
The J-31 isn't a "functioning" fighter. It's in testing, and it's not even for the Chinese military. They're planning on exporting it.
As for the F-35 hack, the data from the F-35 program was less than 1TB. The entire haul, from all the programs was 50TB.
But Davis was unequivocal in his enthusiasm for the aircraft. “No airplane in the world will be able to touch this jet at Close Air Support,” he told reporters.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
So an older, non-production standard goes up against one of the best dogfighters in the US inventory, at a range you're never likely to see, and had problems handling it, and this is a surprise because....
You know what else sucks in a dogfight? The F-15E.
By ANDREA DRUSCH | 2/16/14 9:14 PM EST
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is $163 billion over budget, seven years behind schedule, and will cost taxpayers about twice as much as sending a man to the moon. But according to Pentagon officials, the Lockheed Martin-built plane is light years ahead of its competition from other countries, and there’s no turning back on the project now.
In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday night, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, Frank Kendall, called the $400 billion purchase “acquisition malpractice” that strayed from the long-standing “fly-before-you-buy” rule.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, who is in charge of the program, said problems plaguing the planes included many simple mistakes, everything from wingtip lights that didn’t meet FAA standards to tires that couldn’t sustain the landing.
“Tires aren’t rocket science,” Bogdan said, bemoaning the cost of problems he didn’t think Lockheed Martin should be facing.
Read more: www.politico.com...
The helmet works fine. Older pilots don't use it as much, because they're used to just looking outside for their opponents, but that's normal. The younger pilots will use it more. The helmet that didn't work was scrapped, and the new one is working just fine.
The aircraft is behind schedule by about 7 years and it has so far not delivered on many of it's original selling points.
The only thing that makes this bird close to being deadly is it's electronics (still not fully functional due to helmet problems) and supposedly stealth characteristics.. for it can't out climb or out run most of the 4th gen threats even in today's world...
Don’t Think the F-35 Can Fight? It Does in This Realistic War Game
The Joint Strike Fighter and Russia’s best warplane face off in a simulated battle
This of course, was a quick and dirty look at a possible future air combat scenario using the F-35 rather than exhaustive simulation and testing that goes on in military or defense industry labs. However ,it does throw up some interesting observations. In more than 15 runthroughs the kill ratio was 3:0 or 4:0 to the F-35s, with a couple of instances of 3:1.
yet when it is actually used it does not deliver according to a heck of allot more than just one source.
Australia has been extremely critical of the F-35..
I do not have a crystal ball but IMO this gold plated program is headed to the cancellation of some large percentage of the original order request... Just like the F-22... So we end-up with an aircraft that is lacking in more than one area and we cannot afford enough to make a difference anyway if a real shooting war starts outside some third world sand box.
Sorry so far not a fan of this FLUF until people outside the USA start singing it's praises after they fly the thing in real world conditions.
Am I the only one who thinks if I ran my business as they run their business I would not have a business....... or maybe just laugh all the way to the bank ?
hundreds of tiny transmit/receive modules that blanketed the cricular faces of AESA antennas, electronically steering agile radar beams at alsmost the speed of light. Each tiny T/R modules acted like a small, individual radar, but beams combined, focusing their power on faraway targets. By performing thousands of computations per second, AESA computer adjusted each aircrafts´s radar signals, untill all four beams -two from the F-22s, two from the F-35s converged on a key control node...
The AESA radar beams compromised relatively moderate electromagnetic pulses, but powerful enough to briefly induce high currents in the refinery´s control system wiring and circuits. Many of the targeted electronic components literally fried, as if they´d been subjected to the EMP from a small nuclear weapon. Although fired by AESA radars, the pulses had the same impact on delicate electronic chips.