Your Worst Nightmare
Gold Supporting Member
- Oct 22, 2014
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- O.D. (Stands for Out Dere
It's pretty simple. What you can see CAN hurt you. In fact, it can kill you. Gen 2 of the F-35A has a 20-1 air to air kill rate. The Military isn't telling us what Gen4 can do since the added the Carbon Webbing and a whole bunch of other really heat toys. About the only drawback is you can visually see the bird. A good seasoned pilot can probably eyeball it as far as his radar and IR detector can. A few of our F-15 Drivers could pick up Bad Guys at 15 miles. And the old F-4, using his heat seeker tones and a Weaver scope could go well past that. So it's not perfect. But in a Radar and IR world, it's perfect. The old phrase I used was ICUUCMe doesn't work. ICUUdon'tCMe. is more like it and the one that "Sees" first, fires first and the one that doesn't dies first or at least gets a many G fun ride in a seat.You see, a duck can fly, swim, run and even dive. But it do nothing of it really good. A penguin is better diver, ostrich - is better runner, a martin is better flyer.Okay, I am going to produce a swiss Army knife. All the blades work as advertised except the cork screw. Now, it's not just any corkscrew. It's a corkscrew that requires a billion lines of code. The Corkscrew gets delayed and the Swiss Army Knife gets produced without that corkscrew. But the Military wants their fancy Corkscrew. So the corkscrew gets delayed and production is kept at a lower level. It's not stopped, it's not even slowed down. It's just not expanded. Meanwhile, everyone that is approved to buy that Swiss Army Knife can still buy them or they can wait until the fantastic corkscrew goes through combat testing. So we stay at the Mark 4 version with the Mark 4 production rate.Yeah then why dont they go full production if its so combat testedIt's not? It flies where it wants to fly. Iran bitches about the Israelis overflying inside of Iran. The picture that posted showed the Beriut Airport in the background of the photo of an Israeli F-35. Even when a country scrambles because one does an overfly, the F-35 is long gone by the time they get to altitude because even the ground control doesn't know what direction, speed of altitude they ended up at. The same goes if they choose to stay and fight. You won't know that anything is there until some of your flight goes boom in the night. And when you vector in where they fired from, they just aren't there anymore. Talk about the heebie jeebies.Still not rdy for prime-timePentagon officials have delayed approving full-rate production of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jet because combat simulation testing that’s needed before that key decision on the $398 billion program has slipped into next year.www.bloomberg.com
Does this mean that the Fantastic Swiss Army Knife isn't the best in the world? No. It still is. But like every other swiss army version, you can't ever say you are through. And much of the F-35 is being introduced into the 6th Gen fighter today. The F-22 is a 5 gen while the F-35 is a 5+ fighter.
The attempt to create a sort of the "universal plane" was doomed before it was started. F-35 is not a weapon for the fair combat. F-35 is just a ticket to the club.
The Israelis like it. The US AF loves it. The US Marines can't live without it, The Danes are head over heals over it as are the Brits. Even Canada is doing a rethink on buying it now. I go by what the Pilots say, not by what ground pounder says.