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By June 1999 the three operational Hornet-equipped squadrons had only 40 pilots, which was less than the number of aircraft allocated to these units. The RAAF claimed that the squadrons were able to meet their readiness targets, however. To overcome this shortfall, the RAAF gave its fast jet units a higher priority for aircrew, implemented measures to reduce separation rates, and recruited pilots from other countries. These reforms coincided with reduced demand for civil pilots following the 11 September attacks, and by late 2003 the RAAF's fast-jet units were at near full strength.
originally posted by: justwanttofly
The part of that article where they argue that the Super Hornet is better than the F-35 because it can fly with a targeting pod should tell you all you need to know about that stellar piece of writing.
originally posted by: Forensick
I just watched this video:
Listening to the guys, I think it gives a couple of options that cross a few threads here.
In my opinion:
1. They say that the technology is not mature, its a step change but still on dial up speeds.
2. They say that 5th Gen can make 4th gen more lethal and survivable
So therefore, if the US forget 6th gen, re-open the raptor in its latest configuration of 5th gen comms similar to the F35 as mentioned in the video above, then also some form of improved F-18 and F-15, at a lower cost than this 6th Gen, it would still be a great force mix.
If you go 6th Gen, then what, you run 5th and 4th gen? I would say listening to this video, 4th Generation are still highly capable with 5th Gen input and still nothing comes close.
From what the guys said, the aircraft ability is the last thing to do with 5th Gen, so if we look at Russia and China fielding a "5th Gen Stealth Fighter" that they copied off seeing a raptor, is not actually what a 5th Gen is anymore, its 20% stealth, 80% sensor, fusion and data sharing.
I have been saying here for years, just because they can copy its form, does not make them knowledgeable about its conops. If I wore David Beckham's boots I could not kick it like Beckham, and if I were David Beckham with my Chinese boots, I would still need 10 other people who were not Chinese on my wavelength to make me as successful as I am.