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

SkippyBing Silver badge

Re: I think it was well known....

'The question is, could a "new" Harrier done a better job with modern avionics and technology, for far less money, rather than complete redesign, creating a whole new set of issues?'

You'd make the flying easier, but the F-35 can carry ~twice the weapons load ~twice as far ~twice as fast, and has the space for more avionics than the Harrier. I think they're were pretty much at the limits of what you could do with the Pegasus engine as well which would make improvements in thrust challenging.

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