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However as explained by Harris, F-35 pilots fly undetected to a “visual merge” and engage air targets before enemies have time to react defensively, which is an advantage over the fourth generation tactics he employed when he flew the F-16.
“All the guys we’ve flown with have said that having the F-35 in the fight has been an eye-opening experience and they’re glad that these capabilities are on their side,” Harris said.
However the most important outcome of the drill is that the training scenarios have allowed fourth and fifth generation pilots to compare notes and better prepare for future air combat.
“We fight best when we fight together. We’ve had a lot of synergy in our training. When we come back and talk after missions, we can have that face-to-face interaction and review our tactics. That’s just going to improve the way we fight with the F-35A and has made this an outstanding deployment,” Taylor concluded.
originally posted by: TinfoilTP
So compared to what lets say China has, does this 7th gen stuff leave them in the stone age? The skies over N Korea may become their playground soon, and the timing seems right because nobody has developed defenses against this stuff yet I assume?