posted on Nov, 24 2004 @ 12:22 PM
As to the original post, I can say, with 100% certainty and validated fact by multiple LM employees that, yes, the JSF is going to be the workhorse of
airborn forces around the world for the next 20-50 years. However, it would be more accurate to state it is replacing the F-16, rather than the F-22.
Both have entirely different mission specs and needs, and the JSF's versatility is more closely match to the F-16, as opposed to the much more
specialized F-22. Additional confirmation is available in the form of public sales records to our own armed forces and other countries.
It is a truly remarkable plane.
Additional technically non-confidential information, but probably largely unknown to the general public, is the capacity for the JSF to use High
Energy Weapon (HEW) lasers. This is not to say they are currently outfitted, but rather they have the right potential to deal with the increased heat
load, thanks to the AIR-fan near-vertical lift design (as opposed to Boeing's x-plane design, which involved jets), and the type of fuel used. Fuel,
burning hotter, turns out not to be a problem for the engine design, it merely makes the plane fly faster. So it can be used as a coolant. Ambient
heat generated by the laser(s) can be vented by the air fan. It's really quite brilliant. Currently, the only obstacle is managing to overcome the
difficulties inherent in targeting something through several hundred or thousand feet worth of atmosphere. Since the amount of damage a laser can
cause is largely determined by power AND the length of exposure to the target, a "dancing spot" of two variable feet will likely not cut the
mustard, but it might just cause enough extra heat load to disable an aircraft or a missile. Since most aircraft and airborn weapons are built to
operate at near-maximum heat-load, you needn't cut them in half, you only have to heat them up a little bit more. So don't expect us to see Star
Wars-style laser beam fights anytime soon, but you can reasonably expect for anti-missile defense and air-to-air offense systems on the JSF to include
lasers that will disable dangers. This information was made public at the 2004 Dallas IEEE MetroCon. The speaker was LM's own
Mike...something...Jones, I think...
In any event, the JSF is truly a revolutionary design and marks the crowning achievement of currently known fighter-jet innovation. Thank god they're
on our side...
[edit on 11/24/2004 by thelibra]