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The F-35 thread, Mk II

Old 5th Jun 2021, 19:03
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Criticism of F35 is unfair. As a military procurement programme it has exceeded all reasonable expectations, at least in terms of meeting its objective.
I think the problem lies with our understandinmg of the objective....
Some of you seem to think it is to bring into service a multi role stealth fighter than can take on any opposition, or something on those lines.
However, you're wrong. the objective is to be a sink hole for money. Objective met with 100% success.
If, at the end of the project, you get a useful bit of kit..... Well, consider that a bonus.
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Old 5th Jun 2021, 21:02
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Salute!

Someplace in there, Anglian, I missed /sarc notation.

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Old 5th Jun 2021, 21:08
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5) I have yet to see the "founding" papers for the NGAD machine - the statement of operational need, the required operational capabilities
The terms China and the width of the Pacific Ocean come to mind.
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Old 5th Jun 2021, 22:01
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Salute!

Great point, ORAC, and the F-35 naval variant has more range than anything we have had in the U.S. since the Intruder. I compare with the one I flew in 'nam, and it beat the hell outta the A-4 and F-4.... the lowly Sluf. But range is not the biggie WRT operational capabilities the attack jet must possess now.

When I see the unit cost of the F-35 today, I am surprised. To see a $$ per plane half of what an F-22 cost 15 or 20 years ago is impressive. Oh, BTW, latest numbers show the USAF F-35 mission capable number highest of our fighter/attack inventory. An even bigger surprise. The logistic tail is catching up.

The folks against the F-35 keep using lifetime costs of the plane from cradle to grave. Look at the Viper from 1973, look at the Typhoon or Tornado, look at many and then project into the future. Trying to find actual combat use of the Tiffie, but the 35 has been used by IAF and the U.S. over hostile territory with decent results and no losses best we know.

To be very honest, many of we comat vets that flew in the Gulf and even Viet Nam had our doubts about the "bridge too far" aspects of the F-35. We still do. OTOH, the thing has done well in the big exercises, puts on a helluva good demo for a plane "that could not dogfight" and has actually flown over enema territory a few times.

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Old 6th Jun 2021, 04:55
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Trying to find actual combat use of the Tiffie
Try asking the RAF, the Typhoon has been used in combat against Daesh in Iraq and Syria since late 2015 (Operation Shader).

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Try asking the RAF, the Typhoon has been used in combat against Daesh in Iraq and Syria since latte 2015 (Operation Shader).
and Libya iirc (Ellamy)
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Originally Posted by gums
has actually flown over enema territory a few times
Wow, that could be messy!
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Salute!

Someplace in there, Anglian, I missed /sarc notation.

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Perhaps, together with a healthy serving of cynicism that comes with age, when you realise how the world really works.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 11:25
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British and US Marine F-35s go to war.

I guess this could have gone in the Future Carrier thread as well

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Edited to add that, to no one's surprise, WEBF has already added it to the Future Carrier thread.....

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A subdued W00T.

OK, its a milestone. A multi-billion milestone involving dropping bombs on an enemy with no perceptible AD capability. And the per Daesh equation is ?
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 13:10
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There is an ongoing multi-national effort against Daesh and ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the UK contributes to that effort. We have 2 assets able to contribute, and we are now using the second one. Why the issue? We are not in an economic war with Daesh, we are eliminating them where we find them, cost is an irrelevance.

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I was somewhat tongue in cheek, and should indeed have used a ‘smiley’ as the minimum. Sorry!

I’m obviously glad that UK is ‘in the fight’, and that our best (and most expensive) assets are getting a meaningful outing. I just found the PR blurb a bit OTT, I suppose. “We flew off the ship and did what we were designed to do” doesn’t make great headlines. 😟
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Interesting seeing US F35s carrying ASRAAM.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 23:11
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Originally Posted by hulahoop7
Interesting seeing US F35s carrying ASRAAM.
USMC F-35B are not carrying ASRAAM - they are carrying AIM-9X.





ASRAAM on UK F-35B:

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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 01:45
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Originally Posted by airsound
British and US Marine F-35s go to war.
From your linked article.
This is also notable as the first combat mission flown by US aircraft from a foreign carrier since HMS Victorious in the South Pacific in 1943. The level of integration between Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and US Marine Corps is truly seamless, and testament to how close weve become since we first embarked together last October.
It would appear that the special relationship continues.
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Originally Posted by AnglianAV8R
Criticism of F35 is unfair. As a military procurement programme it has exceeded all reasonable expectations, at least in terms of meeting its objective.
I think the problem lies with our understandinmg of the objective....
Some of you seem to think it is to bring into service a multi role stealth fighter than can take on any opposition, or something on those lines.
However, you're wrong. the objective is to be a sink hole for money. Objective met with 100% success.
If, at the end of the project, you get a useful bit of kit..... Well, consider that a bonus.
This forum really needs a 'like' button!
And perhaps a sarcasm font...
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Old 24th Jun 2021, 08:48
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UK applying pressure over certification of Meteor and Spear before making any more orders…..

https://www.defensenews.com/global/e...e-of-the-f-35/

Two reasons Britain could slow its purchase of the F-35
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Old 24th Jun 2021, 13:40
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Originally Posted by RAFEngO74to09
USMC F-35B are not carrying ASRAAM - they are carrying AIM-9X.



ASRAAM on UK F-35B:

It appears that the AIM-9 and ASRAAM are carried in a nose down position relative to cheatline/flight attitude. Can anyone educate me on the whys or aerodynamics of this mounting?
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 04:47
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To align the missile with the local airflow for drag reduction, F-18 is similar. F-35 wing has significant washout.
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 06:30
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Switzerland might pick the F-35A according to Swiss media reports. Said to be the cheapest option.

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