posted on Mar, 2 2004 @ 04:47 PM
Actually the F-35 is no different whether it's going to Turkey, the UK, Australia, etc. The avionics may end up being different, but the rest of
the plane is no different.
As far as compromising stealth technology, the F-35 is mainstream, internationally marketable stealth.
You may notice that the F-22 is not for export - even to the US's closet allies... there is a reason for that...
The technology is a bit more advanced.
As for Sector Gaza's thoughts that stealth is no longer a valid technology as radars are getting more advanced... that is true only to a certain
The radars are getting more sophisticated but the distance that they can "see" these stealth flyers is not really improving - they just know what
RF anomalies to look for now. If an F-22 were to fly over, you might "see" it on your screen for a few brief moments before it disapeared again...
if there are electronic countermeasures in the area you can all but hang it up on nailing a Raptor... But a Raptor is not an F-35, however once again,
although not as stealthy, the F-35 still only provides a very small window for a SAM site to get a shot off...
A couple of interesting quotes pertaining to the subject are as follows....
Dick Mather project manager at Lockheed-Martin has this to say regarding the stealth of the F-22...
"How large the F-22 Raptor appears on radar is classified and depends on the quality of the radar. However, it can be said that the F-22 doesn't
appear on even the most sophisticated radar systems until it is almost too late to shoot. "You might get your sights up and maybe get a shot, or
maybe not, because that...(Raptor) is "ZOOM!" right through your field of view..." then it disappears off the screen.
Paul Metz, the first test pilot to fly the F-22 described an exercise in which the pilot of a fully updated F-15 with the latest avionics on board was
told that Metz was approaching head on in an F-22. The F-15's updated radar failed to find the Raptor.
"The first time he got a read on me was visually, when I flew right over the top of him..."
Paul Metz, USAF Ret., former Lockheed-Martin Chief Test Pilot