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I looked on Global security and all they said was "unlimited with air refueling".
Originally posted by Kenshin
Well ... errr ... I don't know whether this helps or not.
The F-35 carries 18,073 lb of fuel, unlike the F-22 which carries 25,000 lb.
Originally posted by longbow
For me it looks like F-117 will be replaced by X-45. It is stealthy, wil have roughly the same range and payload and it's primary function is also ground attack.
The idea is to arm the US military with an entire cache of stealth craft, this would render the f-14, f-15, f-16, f-18, and A-10 obsolete. An entire stock of craft comprising of F-22, B-2, F-117, and F-35 aircraft is the ideal status for the military and not too far away.
I think you have to consider the roles. The F-117 is a "first day of war" strike AC for todays battlespace, and we learned a lot from it. It has no A2A role, but it's good for SEAD TODAY. It's value is that it can give us firsthand BDA's on critical targets. We launch CM's at less important targets, or to soften up EAD for the F-117's.
Originally posted by American Mad Man
...It seems that the JSF can do the same job as the F-117 at a lower cost and providing more versatillity.
Originally posted by intelgurl
Which makes sense because the F-35's exhaust port does not have any of the characteristics one normally associates with "stealth".
This does not sound like a replacement for the F-117...
Is there any word on the B-3 and it's capabilities?