F-35A Gets 20 to 1 Kill Ratio

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  1. Pathfinder

    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

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    The F-35A far exceeded expectations at the recent U.S. Air Force Red Flag exercise, recording a 20-to-1 kill ratio.


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    “It’s giving the airmen something they never had before,” Tech Sgt Robert James said about the jet. “It’s giving the maintainer information to help them do their job faster and easier while making the Air Force more streamlined.”

    The team at Hill AFB, Utah, took 13 F-35As to participate in the Red Flag exercise. While there, the Hill team faced the most advanced aggressor aircraft and simulated threats available, and the F-35’s performance “far exceeded expectations,” according to F-35 Program Executive Officer Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan.

    Along with the aforementioned kill ratio and maintenance rate, the jets executed unprecedented weapons targeting exercises.

    “I flew a mission the other day where our four-ship formation of F-35As destroyed five surface-to-air threats in a 15-minute period without being targeted once,” said Maj. James Schmidt, a former A-10 pilot. “It’s pretty cool to come back from a mission where we flew right over threats knowing they could never see us.”

    The F-35A’s participation in this event marked the first deployment to Red Flag for the F-35A and the first large F-35 movement since the Air Force declared the jet combat ready in August 2016.

    “After almost every mission, we shake our heads and smile, saying 'We can't believe we just did that',” Maj. Schmidt said. “We flew right into the heart of the threat and were able to bring all of our jets back out with successful strikes. It's like we hit the 'I Believe' button again after every sortie.”

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    On the sniper drill's in Zelenokumsk there were targets "Apache copter". Snipers had kills hundreds of them, without loses.
    All depends from goals of training. On the training of 4G-fighters with targets 5g fighters with goals to learn how they (4g) can kill 5g - there will be other count.
    And yes, in real battle F-35 can not show 20 to 1 ratio, at least because he have no 20 missiles. In "The Battle for Taiwan" F-35 will be overhelmed with Chines J-7.
    In the "Battle for Alaska" skies will be cleared from any birds with long-range AA missiles salvo with nuklear warheads.
     
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    It seems that the 20-1 kill ratio is regarding SAMs. I would like to know which SAMs this test was done against.
     
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    I think it were "Patriots" or other US-made junk or old Soviet rubbish.
     
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