The argument is:I can never understand this argument. Just because a VLO (stealth) has to engage in WVR combat doesn't mean the pilot or jet failed. There can be many reasons for this to occur. One example can be heavy EW environment causing jets to visually id aircraft before firing to avoid friendly fire. There are many other situations that cause 5th gen stealth to engage in WVR.
Reminds of when US not including guns on their F-4s only to go back later and mount guns on them. J-35 or J-XY not having a side bar to include IR missiles for potent WVR engagement is a mistake IMO and just because the designers studied this and reached a conclusion the benefits for excluding this feature outweighs the option of including it still doesn't change the possibility they reached a wrong conclusion that will only be evident years down into the future. There's a real possibility that in the long future with everyone operating 5th gen and VLO aircraft that BVR engagements ranges will be reduced to the point where some outcomes will be decided in WVR performances of jets, missiles, and pilot.
I'm very surprised J-20 side bar design wasn't included into the J-35 or J-XY. It's such an ingenious design that it's shame J-35 has gone away from it.
If you have a plane that is made to be able to destroy his opponents at bvr because of his electronic suite and stealth, find itself wvr and mitigating all his superiors aspects... well it's like making urban warfare with a MBT.
Yep, you can have close-in weapons but it's clearly not your element and what you are firstly designed to do.
It's a medium fighter.. you need to chose where you put your marbles. So you can either boost your best aspects and what the plane is made for or make your plane less efficient to cover you when these aspects fails. In any case you can design a main weapon bay to acept wvr missiles and saving structural weight.