GunshipDemocracy wrote:LMFS wrote:The F-35 is not apt as a fighter? Go tell the allies and the USAF please, they will adore the news.GunshipDemocracy wrote:No they wont. F-35 will never will be and AFAIK never was planned to take all.
they already know it is good for bombing low tech countries or fighting with low tech fighters as Su-33
2 squadrons F-35C per CVN makes 240 planes. So if they ordered 340 (not checked it) they would have some sparesnot all are in US navy but F-35 was never planned for navy in such numbers. BTW So far ordered 340. Even if they will double numbers is still nto even close satisfy USN needs.
I wake of many years of delays and failing project they will be even less then planned. IMHO gets to attack functions where stealth and payload counts. F/AXX will take over F-18 role as fighter at first.
F/A-18 was from the beginning a strike fighter, not air superiority specialised fighter.
Sorry for the bad news, but if they have to get a substitute by 2030 based on the progress pace of F/A-XX they are royally screwed
Only half intelligent solution would be the F-22/F-35 hybrid in naval variant but that would leave Boeing in a very bad situation...
wiki says: USN - F-35C 260 planned (80 on Marines land base ;-) . For 10 CVNs 75 fighters each doesnt make numbers needed to replace all right?
F-18 shall be replaced by 2040s not 2030s. 2030s they will start the process. Same as Russians with Su-33/MiG-29k.
MiG-29 wasnt also designed as air superiority fighter either. On CVN you dotn need such. You need also strike platform to bomb land/sea targets. Build hybrid F-22/F-35 so again risk spending billions for nothing?
F/AXX is on same level as MiG-41 or Russian 6gen fighter or VSTOL one. And more less same time they can be introduced.
As you like CGI here you have yet another one:
I am in doubt if new MiG fighter will look like this. Russians turned down one engined airframes 30 years ago. Aerodynamically it has some similarities with MiG-29 with its joint fuselage/wings as lift surfaces. Maybe Yak-130 can be also rebuilt as the light fighter, with, say 1,5M speed and good climb rate.