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Post Reply Meet America's New $1 Trillion Fighter Jet, the F-35...
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Posted 7/10/15
That is completely useless in dogfights and long range fighting against even fighter jets from the 1970s.



No, you did not read that price tag incorrectly, it will cost $400 billion to build and $1 trillion to maintain the 2,443 planes that the Pentagon has ordered. They are history's most expensive weapon. And they are useless.

It can't turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire. During test runs the F-35 lost to a F-16, a fighter from the '70s. Also, the helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft, allowing the F-16 to sneak up behind it. Essentially, if it enters a dogfight or any close range engagement, it's toast.

Oh but don't worry, the plane's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, came out and said that the F-35 is meant for long range combat (even though it was originally proposed to be a dog fighter). That should justify its production right? NOPE because it's not even good at that either. The stealth fighter lacks the sensors, weapons and speed that allow a warplane to reliably detect and shoot down other modern planes in combat. It's good at detecting things on the ground from short distances, but it's a blind bird in the air. It also has VERY limited ammunition.

So the F-35 essentially can't fight other planes from any distance, is inferior to its Russian and Chinese counterparts, is supposed to replace many current jets, and costs $1 trillion. Seems legit.

It's great that arms manufacturers continue to lobby Congress to produce more weapons for the military so they can put more money into their bank account.



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https://medium.com/war-is-boring/test-pilot-admits-the-f-35-can-t-dogfight-cdb9d11a875
https://medium.com/war-is-boring/no-the-f-35-can-t-fight-at-long-range-either-5508913252dd
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Posted 7/10/15
Looks badass
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Dear North Korea our fighter planes have been down graded for your convenience. You may strike with confidence.

like that basically?
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Posted 7/10/15
They need to start working on Valkyries. Speed, Versatility, Fire power they have them all.



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Posted 7/10/15 , edited 7/12/15
Imagine if they would have spent that money on education
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And they want to retire 300 a10s to buy 30 of these. # fail
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I doubt they would tell us what it could actually do/ is capable of, But still 1 trillion. i can't even visualize that much money
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Posted 7/10/15 , edited 7/10/15
"Military intelligence" Now that's an oxymoron.
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Well atleast US has a chance. China doesn't even have a joint command
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Posted 7/10/15 , edited 7/11/15
WE GOT DRONES THAT CAN BLOW UP WHOLE CITIES WHAT THE HELL DO WE NEED JETS FOR?
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Posted 7/10/15
Almost as big of a joke and worthless as the Swedish JAS 39 fighter jets. Seriously it's developed to be cheap to make and has cheap materials on it, plus it isn't dog fight ready. The only thing JAs39 has that it can brag about is it's communication system which is one of the best if not the best communication systems on the planet

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every country wants to make good looking fighter jets, not good fighter jets!
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Posted 7/10/15
I'd rather meet your mama.
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Just buy from the Russians, what was their latest model? The SU-37? Those things at least look cool. Also they come equiped with a radar that makes the stealth gimmicks of the F35 useless.

But the US got lucky, the fighter jet of the EU... oh hell, I don't know where to start with that magnificent example of cronyism.
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Useless. Build some drones. And get rid of the space project. We have bigger issues we need to focus on that are taking place on the ground right under our own noses.
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Posted 7/10/15 , edited 7/10/15

nichtmalda wrote:

Just buy from the Russians, what was their latest model? The SU-37? Those things at least look cool. Also they come equiped with a radar that makes the stealth gimmicks of the F35 useless.

But the US got lucky, the fighter jet of the EU... oh hell, I don't know where to start with that magnificent example of cronyism.


Russia probably wouldn't sell to the US... Due to their history, you know...

Also the military works entirely diff in Russia and the US, Russian jets have less safety features for it's pilots and I don't think any US (or western country) pilot would ever sit in a Russian fighter jet due to how little protection they provide for their pilots
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