F-35 Where do we go from here?

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F-35B Internal Weapons Bay Can't Fit Required Load Of Small Diameter Bomb IIs (Updated)


The short takeoff and vertical landing capable F-35B, which has handicapped the entire Joint Strike Fighter design since its inception, has another major problem, it can't fit a full load of Small Diameter Bomb IIs in its weapons bay. What's worse is that even though the USMC will declare the F-35B operational this year, it won't be until 2022 that the problem will hopefully be fixed. https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/f-35-cant-carry-its-most-versatile-weapon-until-at-leas-1688616599
 
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https://gizmodo.com/pentagon-grounds-every-f-35-fighter-jet-after-crash-in-1829735258
October 13, 2018
The United States military temporarily grounded all of its F-35 jets, the Defense Department’s priciest fighter jets, for inspection Thursday following a crash in South Carolina last month. The cause of the crash is believed to be the result of a faulty fuel tube, though inspections of all F-35 planes operated by the U.S. and its allies were scheduled to be conducted this week.

“We are actively partnering with the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office, our global customers and Pratt & Whitney to support the resolution of this issue and limit disruption to the fleet,” Lockheed Martin, the defense contractor that makes the F-35, said in a statement following the announcement.

The decision to ground the fighter jets follows a nonfatal crash of an F-35B near the Marine Corp Air Station Beaufort on September 28. CNN reported at the time that the pilot was able to safely eject from the aircraft. Nonetheless, a fleet-wide inspection of all F-35s overseen by a Navy aircraft mishap board was expected to be completed within the next couple of days, a Pentagon spokesperson said Thursday, and any suspect fuel tubes would be replaced.
 
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STATEMENT: Belgium Selects F-35 Lightning II for Future Defense Needs
With its selection, Belgium becomes the 13th nation to join the F-35 program of record, a testament to the government’s confidence in the program and its industrial benefits. Lockheed Martin looks forward to extending the relationship with the Belgian government and industry participants for decades to come.

The 5th generation F-35 delivers unmatched value as the most capable, lowest life-cycle cost aircraft with the strongest industrial participation opportunity. With each new customer, the F-35 continues to enhance global security, strengthen critical alliances and drive economic growth.
 
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F-35 Lightning Jets Land on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
HMS Queen Elizabeth is on track to deploy on global operations from 2021. Meanwhile, the UK has now taken delivery of 16 out of a planned 138 F-35 jets as part of its world-leading fleet of military aircraft for use by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.


F35 sales are moving along nicely around the world.


https://www.f35.com/news/detail/pentagon-and-lockheed-martin-deliver-300th-f-35-aircraft
Pentagon And Lockheed Martin Deliver 300th F-35 Aircraft
as of over six months ago.
 
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Why does the US export the F-35, which is more technologically advanced than the F-22, but not the F-22?

Frankly if the production lines were open now they probably would. The F-35 was designed to be a strike fighter with poorer air to air and stealth abilities than the F-22. Thanks to the F-35’s incredible sensor suite, the software and computer hardware to process larger amounts of data (for the purpose of things like running jamming algorithms and discerning false data from actual targets) the F-35 is probably closer to the F-22 in air to air potency than most of us can imagine. In fact, the F-35’s radar was able to jam the F-22’s radar in testing.[1] The F-35 has surpassed both of its design requirements and the abilities of the F-22 when it comes to stealth according to both senior officers and F-35 pilots. Now retired General Mike Hostage who was at the time the commanding officer of air combat command says that, “The F-35’s cross section is much smaller than the F-22’s” (Clark, 2014)[2]. A test pilot of the F-35 who also flew the F-22 gives a glowing description of the F-35:

Many have compared the F-22 to the F-35 but that comparison is unfair. With the F-35 Lightning, this fighter sees better, has more range, and is stealthier than any of its predecessors (Tulis, 2015)[3] .​
The F-35 has a variable bypass engine which allows to fly with much greater fuel efficiency as it can switch from the more fuel efficient hi-bypass mode during cruising to the less fuel efficient but greater thrust of the low-bypass mode.

The F-35 can emit ten times the radiative power of legacy fighters[4] and given the advanced capabilities of the F-35’s radar its ability to perform in the various jamming modes that are common are going to be far in excess of that of legacy fighters including dedicated jammers like the EF-18G. You can read up on a more detailed analysis of this here:Abhirup Sengupta's answer to How does the F-35 combine stealth and ECM via its AESA radar during attack missions?

The F-22 export ban was during the years of the F-22 was still in production and when the F-35 was still undergoing development. During those years the only thing to go off of were the design requirements of the F-35 which the abilities of the production model F-35 has since been exceeded but the F-22 production lines have also long since closed.
 
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Why wasn’t the F-35 developed to be able to evade the Russian S-300/S-400 missile systems? I recently read the F-22 was the only plane the US has to evade that system.


James Smith

Answered Mar 11



The F-35 is specifically designed to defeat systems such as the S-300 / S-400; moreso than the F-22.
For example, the F-35 has the ability to carry the same bombs as the F-22, but it can also carry larger ones, and it can carry cruise missiles like the Joint Strike Missile, which has a range much further than that of the S-400. The F-35 is also (alongside the Super Hornet & Growler) being equipped with the AARGM-ER anti-radiation (anti-radar) missile, which will have roughly twice the speed and range of the HARM.
Then on top of that, while the F-22 can use its radar to try and find SAMs that aren’t emitting, the F-35 can do that as well, but it can also use a long range infrared sensor, plus a set of infrared sensors that see in all directions to try and track down & verify the identity of enemy SAMs trying to hide.
The F-35 also has a longer range than the F-22, it’s cheaper to operate / have in the theatre continuously, and it also has superior cockpit displays, sensor fusion systems, networking systems, etc.