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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

JamesPond

Re: Thunderbird 0

"As far as I can see, a VTOL F-35 would lose out to a Harrier."

Supposedly the advantage of the F-35 is that it has stealth and has a high degree of intelligence integration. So it can work with other F-35s plus carrier radar, Type 45 SAMPSON radar etc. to build a picture of all combatants in the area. Aligned with over-the-horizon air-to-air missiles, it 'should' mean that a Harrier or Super Étendard won't know where the F-35 is in order to start a dogfight, so the F-35 'shouldn't' need VIF and can score a kill before the enemy knows it's there. Rather have an F-22 though.

https://theaviationist.com/2013/09/19/f-22-f-4-intercept/

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