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    https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/...uire-the-f-35/

    Nuclear burden-sharing dictates that Germany acquire the F-35


    Germany is about ready to retire the Tornado 4th gen fighter/ bomber.

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    Air Force Magazine The F-35 and F-22 Teach Each Other New Tricks

    These jets share a lot of technology and tactics. They are meant for each other. Technology is shared between both. A good synergy.

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    https://breakingdefense.com/2018/01/...at-data-cyber/

    Still a lot of issues for a plane that is being deployed. Very disturbing.

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    Host of Issueshttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-24/lockheed-f-35-s-reliability-progress-has-stalled-pentagon-told
    Behler’s report lists a host of unresolved issues that will carry over into the F-35’s combat testing unless they’re resolved before its planned start in September:

    About 1,000 unresolved deficiencies with the aircraft, the latest version of its software, and the primary flight-maintenance system known as ALIS that’s crucial to keep the aircraft flying “will likely have a cumulative effect” on the aircraft’s capacity during the combat testing.
    The final version of the software known as 3F is likely to have “shortfalls in the capabilities the F-35 needs in combat against current threats.”
    Aerial refueling will be restricted for the Marines’ F-35B and the Navy’s carrier-based F-35C model.
    The pilot’s helmet display that depicts vital flight and and targeting information is flawed.
    Classified “key technical deficiencies” affect the firing of AIM-120 air-to-air missiles, and “system-related deficiencies” mar the dropping of air-to-ground weapons to support ground troops
    It will be late 2019 before developing, testing, verifying and deployment is complete for all the needed on-board electronic files, or “mission data loads,” that identify the types of Chinese, Russian, Syrian or Iranian radar and air defense systems an F-35 pilot may encounter.
    The problem of planes waiting for replacement parts is exacerbated by an immature diagnostic system that detects “failures” that “actually have not failed.” The misdiagnosed parts are sent back to the original manufacturer then “returned to the supply chain,” adding to the backlog in “an already overloaded repair system.”

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    The Pentagon Plans to Spend $10.7 Billion More on F-35 Fighters Next Year Despite Persistent Problemshttp:

    //fortune.com/2018/02/05/the-pentagon-plans-to-spend-10-7-billion-more-on-f-35-fighters-next-year-despite-persistent-problems/


    No Significant Improvement’
    In the Pentagon testing office’s annual report to Congress on major weapons systems, director Robert Behler said the availability of the F-35 for missions when needed — a key metric — remains “around 50 percent, a condition that has existed with no significant improvement since October 2014, despite the increasing number of aircraft.”

    Behler’s report ticked off unresolved issues that he said “will likely have a cumulative effect” on the aircraft’s capacity during the combat testing. That includes flaws in the final version of key software known as 3F, restrictions on aerial refueling, classified “key technical deficiencies” that affect the firing of AIM-120 air-to-air missiles, and “system-related deficiencies” that mar the dropping of air-to-ground weapons to support ground troops.

    So air to ground bombing is an issue
    Aim 120 missiles are a problem
    It's on board cannon, A model is inaccurate.

    What could co wrong in a war engagement
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    Let?s Talk About The USAF's Claim Of 'Fully Combat Capable' F-35s - The Drive


    This animal is so software intense, I have concerns about how hack proof it is? Hacking isn't the issue as the software itself is still troublesome to the point where it's armaments are limited. Many skeptical about claims that the plane is operational. Yea it flies but can it fight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    Let?s Talk About The USAF's Claim Of 'Fully Combat Capable' F-35s - The Drive


    This animal is so software intense, I have concerns about how hack proof it is? Hacking isn't the issue as the software itself is still troublesome to the point where it's armaments are limited. Many skeptical about claims that the plane is operational. Yea it flies but can it fight?
    Only one way to find out.

    Much like the M-1 tanks before the first Gulf War.

    There were many questions about the M-1's, too.

    It did a pretty job of answering those questions.

    There are always questions and doubts about any new weapons system.

    Israel will probably answer many of the questions about the F-35.

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    In time the plane may be capable to go to war within it's limits. With all the money spent perhaps the three branches should of developed their own platform to meet their needs, instead of having one platform
    be compromised to fill everyone's needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    In time the plane may be capable to go to war within it's limits. With all the money spent perhaps the three branches should of developed their own platform to meet their needs, instead of having one platform
    be compromised to fill everyone's needs.
    Too late now.

    It's "Too Big To Fail".

    Hope it works, cause it's here to stay...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    Too late now.

    It's "Too Big To Fail".

    Hope it works, cause it's here to stay...
    There was talk of retiring many other aircraft because the new wonder plane would do all of those tasks. So do we still need to keep 16's, 15's, 18's a-10's for many more years?
    The idea was that even the f-22 may eventually go away. No more production. F35 is not a dogfighter or terrific in air to air. 22, 35 need each other and supposedly meant to compliment each other.

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