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

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Re: Stealth Landings?

"What I would like to know is whether autolanding is less stealth than a conventional one."

The point of the rolling landing is to allow the aircraft to return with stores attached.

ANY landing with external stores will not be stealthy.

But then any aircraft flying with external stores won't be stealthy either - to some extent it destroys the argument for stealthy aircraft. The F-35 can only be stealthy if carrying a much reduced payload i.e, internal stores only. The theory is stealth is only required on day 1 or 2 of a hot war: during that time you knock out the opposition air defences using stealth: if successful then on day 3 you don't need stealth. But to make that work you need a large superiority of aircraft to carry out the knockout punch, and you also need air superiority aircraft to deliver it. We have neither (and don't intend to have). The yank F-35 fleet will be protected by air superiority fleets, and will be available in sufficient numbers.

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