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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: gription
Have you bothered to read any of the reports that have come out lately? Their first Red Flag they went 15:1 in the air to air arena, and successfully took on ground threats that in previous exercises would have had the Blue Force backing off and throwing cruise missiles at them, while maintaining a 90%+ mission rate.
Training against ground threats at Mountain Home they had to turn their transponder on to make the training even possible.
Training against simulated radar systems in Florida, the aircraft recognized that they weren't actual radar systems, and ignored them.
And a lot more. The F-35 is maturing into a hell of a platform, and will continue to get better as they iron the bugs out over time.
originally posted by: gription
a reply to: Zaphod58
I reiterate my "international boondoggle" statement. All of these country's personnel have access to our most sensitive developmental platform? The F-35's are pwned before they take off.
originally posted by: moebius
originally posted by: Vector99
Couldn't that tech be implemented into the F-18's though?
Just slap a "stealth" sticker on it. Trump will buy it.