Old 26th Aug 2008, 19:27
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IIRC The VAAC Harrier successfully performed an automated VL a couple of years ago. Aren't many UAV now doing autolanding? So surely not too tricky to achieve autoland SRVL with F-35. Regarding slowing down post SRVL landing, would that be entirely down to the performance of the braking system, i.e. no reverse thrust vector? 90-150m, sounds very tight - how far does a fully laden truck (40T) take to stop on a wet road at say 50mph?

Irrespective of whatever funding cuts may be round the corner, BAES will be getting money, whether its through F-35, CVF, Typhoon, Nimrod, Astute, UCAV...............but then we do want to retain an organic defence/aerospace manufacturing capability dont we?
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