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Apparently, the laser designator on the F-35 cannot be used outside a very certain range of circumstances. People cannot be closer than 9 km from where it is being used and no optical devices can be within 33 km.
So what you're saying is the Fokker Dr.I is more useful than a F/A-18?
If I recall, the F-22 systems can employ AMRAAMs passively through the net, so they can sustain stealthiness while engaging A/A targets.
The AWACS/E2/Ground Radar can paint the target and the Raptor/F35 can shoot missiles based on their networked track.