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Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by gikari
No. The F-22 won't have a successor for years yet. This is supposed to replace the F-15, F-16, A-10, AV-8B and complement the F/A-18 in US service.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by Dustytoad
The F-22 is like the F-15A-D, where it's an air superiority fighter, with a secondary limited ground attack capability. Its primary mission is to establish air superiority for other aircraft to operate in the area safely.
The F-35 on the other hand, is more like the F-15E, where it has some air to air capability (supposedly better than the E though), but its primary mission is going to be ground attack, and tactical bombing.
By combing through the assumptions — some of them deeply questionable — undergirding the Defense Department’s official cost estimates for the F-35B and refining them, the Marines say the plane should cost 16.6 percent less per flight hour than the current estimate. Since the F-35B is the most expensive plane to operate, lowering these cost estimates for the Joint Strike Fighter’s Marine version would have a substantial impact on the program’s overall costs.
Don’t Ask ALIS, Yet; F-35 Wing Drop Issue Fixed
On the other hand, wing drop is no longer a performance issue for the F-35, contrary to claims in some quarters, our authoritative source at the Pentagon tells us. The issue is, as almost always, much more complex than that simple statement indicates, but it’s been 18 months since the issue surfaced and software fixes leave the Joint Strike Fighter in fine shape, this source says.
What happened? Basically, new algorithmns were written, tested in the trans-sonic envelope where most of the problems occurred and the services found a solution that didn’t completely eliminate all drop at all times but left the plane performing to the highest standards achievable. In short, they found a problem and fixed it to a standard all three services could live with.
The U.S. Marine Corps invited the media Aug. 28 to visit the USS Wasp amphibious assault ship where the second set of developmental test trails for the F-35B are taking place. Being the savvy PAs that they are, USMC shipped us out and back on their newest rotorcraft, the Bell/Boeing MV-22 to see their newest fighter. (They also happen to be the Pentagon's most expensive rotorcraft and fighter).
Here are few statistics they shared:
As of the morning of Aug. 29, the BF-1 and BF-5 had conducted 94 short takeoffs (STOs) and 95 vertical landings (VLs).
They also conducted 19 night sorties, including STOs and VLs.
DT-2 is a follow on Aug. 12-30 to expand the envelope for the aircraft operating around the ship to include night operations, and landings using various headings on the aft parking area of the USS Wasp.
Officials reported a 90% availability rate of the two aircraft during the trials as of Aug. 28, but unfortunately both BF-5 (left) and BF-1 (right) were both down in the morning when we were on the ship owing to maintenance issues.