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F-35 : Not so stealthy: the $15b fighters

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posted on Mar, 15 2006 @ 09:43 AM
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"Do we really want our pilots to be caught in a knife fight in a telephone booth with an aircraft that, aerodynamically, is incapable of mixing it with the threat?" he said in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry.

A crucial aspect of the fighter's "stealth capability" - radio frequency signatures - has been downgraded from "very low observable" to "low observable", according to the US Defence Department website.

Peter Goon, a former RAAF flight test engineer, said that would mean the difference between it appearing as a "marble and a beach ball" on enemy radar. The problem with the fighter, Dr Jensen says, is that it can be relatively easily detected from the rear.

www.smh.com.au...


INttersting article, seems the cpability get downgraded more and more as the project progresses. I'm not so sure if Australia should buy them anymore.




posted on Mar, 15 2006 @ 09:56 AM
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Sorry Rogue... But this has already been posted here...



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