Reply to post: Re: VIFing?

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

John Jennings

Re: VIFing?

Nah - having AIM missiles is what won it for the harriers.....

The argintinian missiles (AIM 9B) had to lock from behind, and less than 3KM range..... designed in the late 50s....

The AIM J the aim could acquire lock at 5KM, all aspect locking. designed late 1970's

Regan gave the RN those -on the way to the falklands - they were not even issue to us front line squadrons at the time.

21 of 75 argintinian aircraft destroyed (inc helicopters, ground attack, anti ship fighter-bombers and unarmed) were destroyed by harriers....

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