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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: anzha
That was actually the plan from almost the start. Remove the lift fan and you Gerry extra room as everything else is already run through other areas of the fuselage, unlike the A and C. They just didn't have a workable laser until recently.
originally posted by: anzha
Lockheed is looking at placing a fiber laser on the F-35. It would be a derivative of its work for the US Army (hear the air force screaming? I do). They are so confident that their fiber laser tech is the way to go, they are even investing in a production line.
I'd speculate the basic frame of the B would be used, but rather than a lift fan, the laser would be dropped in with the turboshaft generator. Perfect world, you'd have a beam director dorsal and ventral, but the cost, weight and volume might be a nonstarter. So, would that constitute a D model?
originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: FyreByrd
Please provide current proof that the plane isn't working. (Not articles from 2010)
We will wait.