Sea Control 28 – The F-35

As announced in Sea Control episode #26, this episode is the East Atlantic edition, hosted by Alexander Clarke, Principal Researcher of the Phoenix Think Tank. He is joined by Steve George, former engineer with the F-35 program and a Royal Navy veteran. From a British perspective, they discuss possible challenges, misconceptions and rumours about the Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II program. For example: Could the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant F-35B burn holes into a carrier deck? Has the F-35 program a weight problem? Is it worth to go through all the problems to make the F-35 stealthy? How capable will be the combination between the F-35B and the coming Queen Elizabeth class carriers?

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2 Responses to Sea Control 28 – The F-35

  1. Jason Fields, Matthew Gault and Joseph Trevithick are discussing some of the fundamental problems of the F-35 in the “War College” podcast by Reuters / War is Boring.

    For one, the F-35 is bad at dogfighting. Worse, it lost a mock duel to the 40-year-old F-16 Fighting Falcon. Some experts — and Lockheed — claim the jet doesn’t need to win in a dogfight because of its stealth capabilities. The plane can pick its enemies off from a distance.

    But what weapons will it use to do so? Thanks to the sleek design, it can’t carry many missiles. Worse, its gun is only good for a quick spray. That’s if the gun works. Lockheed isn’t finished writing the software that lets pilots aim the gun.

    Add to that the ridiculous price tag, an unstable engine and cumbersome flight helmet and it’s easy to see why so many people are so worked up about America’s newest super weapon. — “Podcast—Listen to Everything That’s Wrong With the F-35“, War is Boring, July 29, 2015.

  2. Finally: Joseph Trevithick, “F-35A Stealth Jet Finally Shows Off Gun in Flight“, War is Boring, 02.11.2015.

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