posted on Aug, 14 2015 @ 02:16 PM
a reply to: Aliensun
The F-15E is one of the best tactical bombers ever built. It has a huge payload, is great at low level, and can carry every weapon in the inventory,
including the kitchen sink. It also carries air to air weapons, such as the AIM-120, and AIM-9. Even though it's based on the F-15 airframe, which
is the greatest fighter built in the modern era, the F-15E can't dogfight to save its life. It can hit you from a distance, but get it into a knife
fight, and despite having power, and maneuverability, and it's dead.
The F-35 is designed to hit you from BVR ranges, and will have the sensors and weapons to do it. Later aircraft will be able to dogfight better than
the current aircraft, due to being lighter and having better software, and possibly a better engine, but it's not going to be a dogfighter on the
order of the F-16 or F-15. In a no holds barred fight, where target identification isn't an issue, the combination of F-22 and F-35 is going to be
deadly. For everything else, there are F-22s for escort, and the F-35s can defend themselves as necessary.
edit on 8/14/2015 by Zaphod58
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