A New Hybrid Jet Fighter for US

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    A brilliant idea. That will naturally meet stiff resistance from those set to make $$$$ by building more F-35s.

    Lockheed Martin has been pitching the US Air Force a hybrid between the F-22 and the F-35.

    The F-22 is the world's best air-to-air combat plane, and the F-35 has the best sensors and abilities to knock out air defenses.

    Combining the two would create a jet much better than either one individually.

    But by creating an all-around better jet could kill the market for the F-35, which has just started to come online and is the most expensive weapons system in history.

    So, instead of more billions for s sixth-generation fighter, combine the best of the two fifth-generation birds to make the ultimate machine. It all comes down to putting newer, more powerful computers and technology into the F-22 airframe.

    More @ The US military is quietly talking about a new hybrid fighter jet that could kill the F-35
     
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    Does that mean it's electric and gas?
     
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    Excellent. What we need however, are more close ground support aircraft, capable of longer loiter-orbit times on station to provide precision strikes, and be there whenever we call for them. What I'd like to see as a ground-pounder is, is an aircraft similar to the A-10, which is built around a two gun ground support system. One "gun" would be a small caliber, non-HE round standard capable of very close to friendlies enemy fire suppression from above. The other gun would fire APFDS rounds at extremely high velocity for dealing with bad guys hiding out in structures and light armored vehicles. The whole aircraft would be a magic carpet of small infantry unit ground support goodness.
     
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    I think your idea is being confirmed by the current experiments on light aircraft to do that. The best ground support aircraft ever was the Skyraider.
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    As long as it keeps or extends the F-22 speed alt and range capabilities. Talk F-23 might be resurrected and offered to Japan
     
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    the best fighter of WW2 was a ''hybrid'' American-British
    ...fine, we need to produce better aircraft--but not at the expense of other areas such as anti-terror/drones/tech/land warfare/etc
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    You have to wonder how long manned aircraft will be around. This may be the last generation.
     
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    No dummy, it means this!

    f35 hybrid.jpg

    Your are referring to this:

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    Or perhaps this:

    Fly-Aircraft--22936.jpg
     
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    Umm... those making $$$$ by building more F-35s would be the same ones making even more money by building a hybrid jet. Lockheed Martin.


    No thanks, F-22 is the best air superiority fighter in the world but it's a 30 year old airframe design and we can do better to stay ahead of countries trying to catch up like China. There are always lessons learned and advances in modeling/fabrication that result in a superior aircraft.
     
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    Foregone conclusion. The US will not reopen the F-22 line. Will not allow a hybrid F-35/22. Will not purchase any new F-15s even the X. In order to reopen the F-22, it would take then until about 2028 to get it into full production and for what? Another 187 birds? They plan on having a 6th gen fighter by 2030 so why not spend the money and have what you need by waiting 2 years and still be at least 15 years ahead of everyone else. And the 4th gen even the plus version is finding it hard to survive even these days much less 5 years down the road. So they buy more F-35s in the meantime getting the cost down. The current F-35A goes for 90mil. In another 2 years, the cost will be 80mil. That's only 2 mil more than the latest F-18 at 78mi.

    This decision might sound not so good in the short run but war procurement is always done in the long run. And in the long game,it's pretty danged smart.
     
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