Yep, one can say this is the first proper 4.5. Interesting to watch how it'll go.Closer to a true 4 th 5 th gen hybrid.
I wouldn't be so sure. This is a much younger program.far less complex aircraft than F35 or F22
Electronically but also design wise. Consider unlike the other Fifth gens this is based on pods and external weapons mounting with no real internal bays.
The more I see where things go, the less I can see this approach as somehow "lesser" anymore. It's simply a different direction.Consider unlike the other Fifth gens this is based on pods and external weapons mounting with no real internal bays.
Supersonic separation/separation in non-level flight is a complex and nasty thing.It goes to show that having an internal bay involves a non trivial amount of work. I think it probably has to do with structural and aerodynamically reasons.
I would by lesser referent to the emphasis on VLO and technical integration. Where J20, F22, F35 even T50 use internally stowed weapons and organic electroptical pods and system into the aircraft streamlining the fighter in all most all mission sets allowing better RCS profile. By not doing so the ROK design may not have as much of an issue so long as it’s used against older Far less sophisticated DPRK Air Force assets. Basically it’s a overmatch vs a third world obsolete air denial system. A step above say the F/A18 Block III or F16C Block 70 yet below the F35 or F22. With F35 being used alongside it.The more I see where things go, the less I can see this approach as somehow "lesser" anymore. It's simply a different direction.
On the other hand, it gets to be readily adaptable, by definition obtains more external stores, and carries oversized payloads w/o any issues.By using external mounted pods and weapons as the only way the aircraft will always have a larger radar profile