F-18 Advance Super Hornet Vs F-35

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Boeing has an updated F-18 in the works — here’s how it’s ‘comparable’ to the F-35

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6 responses to “F-18 Advance Super Hornet Vs F-35

      • You are right.
        Lockheed Martin Corp said its Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson gave U.S. President-elect Donald Trump a personal commitment to bring down the price of its F-35 fighter jet, after he heaped pressure on the aerospace company over the cost.
        But the programme cost is not about only the initial price. F-35 is a Performance-Based Logistics programme.
        I think Lockheed will take its money back after the sale.

  1. An interesting analyse of F-35 export “success”
    Or how F-35 was forced unto Norway through… threats!

    They’d much better give a SERIOUS try to Dassault’s Rafale.
    Note that it was only recently that French government unclassified the fact that Rafale is ALSO a stealth aircraft.
    F-35 is nothing else than a technical pure FIASCO. Anybody following DOT&E reports can only be convinced about it, actually, the report even helps understanding that the already bought F-35 or those proposed at bargained prices will simply have to be rebuilt! Only 20% are flyable and these have so much problems with vibrations that are simply intolerable.
    For those without enough courage to read the full report, an analysis here :
    Another thing often forgotten : Washington can ground your full fleet on ANY caprice through the ALIS logistics protocol as you have to connect to LM servers before any flight. If Internet connection is down, you can’t fly too.
    Note that Rafale could lock on a Mach 1.7 F-22 from 270-285km using the 2004 EO/IRST system which now is outdated! A F-22 can be locked from 240km by the L-band radar in S-300/400 batteries and from 190km by Mig-31BM radar, surely more by PAK-FA one so… not so stealth while Rafale’s passive+active stealth allowed it to fly over such AA batteries at high altitude without even being noticed. Rafale also ridiculed Super-Hornet, Typhoon, Israeli customised F-15I, F-16I, Su-30MkI but on first drill test vs. F-22 at ATLC2009, F-22 has also been clubbed like a baby seal.
    The only way out for the US, according to the fact their fleet is ageing too much and their last designs are irrelevant, well, unless they buy PAK-FA from Sukhoi to replace F-15 and scrap F-35 for Shenyang J-31, is nothing else than having Rafales built under license by Boeing/Lockheed/Northrop.
    Thus, I doubt that J-31 could be a problem for Rafale more than F-35 or F-22. PAK-FA is very likely more dangerous but has more to be seen as a successor to Mig-31BM, thus more as an AEW platform that would stay behind Mig-35 and do sniper job.
    Note that if a few customisation were to be made to Mig-35, there are also active+passive radar+IR stealth features, a little like Rafale but this is much coarse and you may not have the same kind of situational awareness. Add to this that Rafale is already OK to operate the soon to come nEUROn combat drone, can be used to launch satellites up to a 800km orbit, so allowing future space-weapons and is also the only non-US plane validated for US aircraft carriers. Actually, its STOL features would even allow to operate from USMC LHA/LHDs if a ski-jump and an angled deck add-on were fit as it’s STOBAR-validated since 2012. Thus, it was limited to a 5400kg payload but now there is the new M88-9 engine and the very soon to be available vectoring thrust, MTOW seems feasible, anyway, one simply could consider adding JATOs if it wasn’t possible.
    Now, if we consider the F/A-XX wish-list, there’s simply no features that Rafale won’t allow and for the tailless design, it even proves that US is late as it’s to reduce RCS while Rafale’s tail is simply radar transparent and Rafale even already has features F/A-XX wish list even not thinks about.We’re not into a Gen.4.5 or Gen.5 aircraft but more into what should be called Gen.5.5 especially with IR stealth and the active radar stealth even allowing to “cover” external payload.

    In conclusion, US should simply go for the best aircraft on market and build it under license. It’d even help draining the swamp of the MIC as corps’ CEOs and crooked politicians and military brasses that work in collusion to pump maximum money from tax-payers would see all their RICO ring folding. IMHO, if DoJ never dared to investigate is that such action would do so much damages that all major defence-contractor would simply getting bankrupt and too much heads would fall nonetheless in DoD but also in Congress and Senate. Nevertheless, going on like this simply compromises both US and EU security.

    • I agree that the Rafale is an excellent and viable aircraft, with a proven combat record and enjoys notable export successes. In many ways the F-35 program mirrors the Lockheed bribery scandals which encompassed a series of bribes and contributions made by officials of U.S. aerospace company Lockheed from the late 1950s to the 1970s in the process of negotiating the sale of aircraft.
      The scandal caused considerable political controversy in West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Japan. In the U.S. the scandal nearly led to the downfall of the corporation, which was already struggling due to the commercial failure of the L-1011 TriStar airliner.
      The Shenyang J-31 is as yet an unproven concept. Recent reports have suggested that sensitive information and technology was stolen from the F-35 program by the Chinese. The US Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work acknowledged that the Chinese “have stolen information from our defense contractors and it has helped them develop systems.” But he said, “we have hardened our systems.”
      The Russian PAK FA has the potential to be an excellent fifth generation fighter. However, the PAK-FA program seems to be quite costly, because of the troublesome development costs of the new Russian fighter and the problems associated with the fighter’s powerplant.
      Sukhoi planned to sell some 400 fighters to the Russian and the Indian Air Force; figures that seems to be well above the current sales forecast: India has considerably reduced the requirement from 200 to no more than 130-145 jets, and has recently expressed concerns over the raising costs, delays and technical issues that have plagued the 10.5 billion USD FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft), that is based on the PAK-FA aircraft. The Russian economy in on the down-turn and has been for some time. One has to question whether such costly projects are sustainable.

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