Are we living in the same world? Since day 1 all I've seen is mindless praise of the F-35, to the point where the instant anyone dares to suggest that it's not the absolute panacea of all aircraft or that it is not the best airplane ever designed by anyone ever, they get dogpiled.Shitting on F-35 has been the norm for years. Not doing it would not be normal.
Are we living in the same world? Since day 1 all I've seen is mindless praise of the F-35, to the point where the instant anyone dares to suggest that it's not the absolute panacea of all aircraft or that it is not the best airplane ever designed by anyone ever, they get dogpiled.
If anything, the F-35 (despite likely being a very good fifth-generation aircraft and deserving more than a little bit of praise) is an insanely overrated system.
Have you ever tried to develop software that interacted with real world thingy?With F35 one of the reality shifts that happened is apps based upgrades. Whereas when F16 was designed major changes of capability happened by sending the Aircraft back to depot for structural modifications. F35A has gained capacity like your smartphone. A set number of structural changes have happened yes but much of the shifts are at software level.
So load an app on your IPhone now you can shop a supermarket by scanning as you go. Skip the register and check out as you walk out the door. In an F35 an app lets the hardware that worked for the F22s Missiles warning system run the helmets augmented vision systems. An update of the flight control governing software changed the handling aspects. New weapons are added to the systems arsenal by lines of code and not by running new electronics.
This is a capability set that is being advanced as a want for the next buy of aircraft. Allowing the same hardware to operate in new manors by application. So rather than having to hard wire that laser pod for example to work in an F16C could they build a fighter with apps based operations to allow the pod to just be mounted and use the existing hardware to operate off the fighter. They could now in theory take that same pod and plug it into any other fighter on the line Viper, Eagle, Lightning or Raptor? Right now when adding pods one has to use only a pod designed for the end user platform. A Targeting pod for an F16 won’t work on a F15.
The study that was talked about was to see if a new 4.5 Gen fighter would have to be built to get that capability, it’s feasibility.