reply to post by Zaphod58
Just finished an extraordinary thread on F-16.net. It's "the F-35 will never match the Eurofighter". An enlightening read.
A couple of points I picked up that I'd like to comment on:
Darkpr0, What I get is the F-35 is a deep strike fighter. An SU, any variation will not be capable of surviving advanced and still improving SAMs and
AA in a deep strike role.
Also, a deep strike platform needs it's own "stealth' to avoid those same defenses itself. A Raptor isn't capable of protecting a 35 or an SU from
surface defenses directly. Yes. the 22 can be used in an attack role, maybe even more capacity with externals due to it's bigger wings-at the cost of
it's stealth. But then that's the job of the 35.
I guess it comes down to just what the required capablities your gov't wants.LOL. Does Canada need that kind of platform, other than NATO roles. The
35 apparently, matches both the F-16 and F-18's capablities and exceeds them despite the "downgrades". The amount of the "exceeds" dropped with the
An SU will not survive Russian top-tier missles, just ask the Russians.LOL.
1v1 is highly unlikely/rare as the F-35 is intended to be used more in a Red Flag/mutiple packages.
Actual "bench thrust" is 55k for the F-135 engine. In the airframe, 50K. (Which is what I heard from an LM employee) Engine rebuilds are more frequent
and fuel burn gets way higher, though.
As "bean-counters" are the buyers, the performance is based on 44K. The plane is capable of exceeding the G rates CTR and ITRs as well. Also, the
"Block6"? engine will be ready when the production hits high numbers... end of the decade. Apparently, 20-25% better thrust and fuel economy!!(Please
note the high production number date,(est.) do you think the Pak is any further along than the 35?...
Anyway a great read...
It looks more and more that the direction of the 35 fits perfectly with U.S. assets. The 22s, great tanker support, etc. The question is is the 35 as
well protected or applicable for alled use?
OK, Japan could use em against China and would probably need them to be effective. Britian has the EFs, not that they're deep strike capable as a 22.
Canada? Australia? Good question.....
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