Actually, as dumb as I am I forgot that the F-35B is VTOL so the actual procedure might be different for landing. At the same time it's probably still revelant. The question is getting even more difficult to answer !
All carrier planes have bring back weight limitations including for the Chinese. As to the Rafae M and the stability issue associated with SCALP, do you have a reference source as this is rather unique?Hey, got a quick question.
In the French Navy, the Rafale-M is only allowed to take one heavy cruise missile (SCALP-NG) at a time/mission, under it's belly, as a precaution: it can technically takes more SCALPs under its wings but if one fails to launch then it would make the aircraft instable and extremely difficult to land on the carrier.
Considering that this basic rule of gravity applies to the F-35B too and that security measures are the same for all western nations, it should also be able to take only one missile under its belly, but this hard-point only allows a 1000lb weapon and the LRASM is 2500lb.
Does it mean that the F-35B can't take any LRASM ? I know the missile is not even in active service but still, for the future it would really be a pain in the ass. It would only be able to take the JSM which is not that scary tbh.
Thanks for that specific piece of info on the Rafale M. In the case of the Rafale M it is not only about recovery weight but also weight distribution. Recovery weight consideration is central to carrier aviation because of the different variable conditions of weather and sea states that may be prevalent during an aircraft recovery. An aircraft carrier is subject to conditions of pitch, roll, yaw and heave and weight distribution of the returning aircraft (as with the Rafale M) becomes a risk factor.
"As a reminder, unlike Rafales Air here can take SCALP-EG under the wings, the Rafale M only take one copy for safety reasons. Indeed, during the mission, if thé first SCALP-EG is fired but nothing the second one (due to technica problem, the presence of civilians on the area, etc ...), it would create too much imbalance when landing the Rafale M. They therefore only carry one single SCALP-EG under the belly, instead of the air-sea missile Exocet, for example"
I'm probably wrong but I don't think it has to do with the recovery weight limit during vertical landing.
The JSM has a 125kg warhead.. Even the harpoon has a bigger warhead and faced really difficult times sinking old lybian or iranian frigates and corvettes.
It is an attractive headline for the general uninformed public but offers little practical value as a detection tool. The biggest hole in the whole story is that the F-35 presence is a priori and so the search window is specific and narrow. Extend that to open airspace and you will have an entirely different set of results. A needle in a haystack would be an overstatement.
It’s quite the click bait headline.
LialiasPoland is buying 32 F-35 stealth fighter jets
Japan is buying 100 F-35 fighter jets
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