How the F-35 will take on China's J-31

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    US Air Force general describes how the F-35 would take on China's J-31 competitor

    Alex Lockie

    Asked specifically how the F-35 stacks up to China's J-31, USAF General David L. Goldfein balked.

    "I hope over time we can actually evolve our discussion from platform vs. platform ... to a network vs. network," said Goldfein, who denied that a single Chinese jet would ever face off against a single US jet.

    "It's not about what the F-35, or the J-20, or the F-22, or the J-31 can actually do in a one vs. one. It's an interesting dialogue to have, but it's not very compelling because we're not going to ever have the F-35 in there by itself — ever. We do family of systems," said Goldfein.

    Asked more generally about how the F-35 would perform in the Pacific, Goldfein gave an example of how an F-35B led 100 aircraft into battle at 2 a.m. at Red Flag, the Air Force's top-tier training event at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

    According to Goldfein, the battle doesn't start when planes see or detect each other as they did in generations past.

    "The cyber campaign had been raging ... The space campaign has been raging" before the F-35 even gets into position, and the pilot is tuned into every development along the way.

    By the time the F-35 pushes across the line and meets "the most robust enemy integrated air defense system we could put up against him," the F-35 has absolutely unparalleled situational awareness, and is primed to shape the fight to his liking from the outset, according to Goldfein.

    The F-35 can maneuver forces against high-value targets, coordinate search-and-rescue for downed aircraft, and slam enemy air defenses all at once

    Continue reading: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-air-force-goldfein-f-35-vs-china-j-20-j-31-2017-2
     
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    Ha! I wanna see battle "100 F-35 net" vs "1500 J-7 net" somewhere in Taiwan sky.
     
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    It would be all of Japan's air force + the taiwanese air force + our air force that is in east asia + the US navy air wing. China doesn't stand a chance in the air battle. They can try to strike our bases but we have strong counter measures in place including Aegis, Patriot and THAAD systems. We have enough cruise missiles to evade their air defenses which are watered down Russian systems.
     
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    China's air force is not that big, they have alot of old jets but they will not be very useful against the US and regional air forces. They only have about 250 J-10's, 200 J-11's and 50 SU-27's. Good luck establishing air superiority over the east asian theater. I doubt that their air force doctrine is very advanced either, they just copy we and the Russians do.
     
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    What a sourse of this numbers? Even English Wiki show much larger
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/People's_Liberation_Army_Air_Force

    And yes, don't forget about Russian aviation group.

    We'll see. Operation of re-union with Taiwan will be unique, so it will be unique battle for the air superiority. I think, they will use tactic of "zerg-rush" for the first wave, and "iron-fist" for "coup de grâce".
     
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