"Older Fighters Will Never Match the F-35" says Gen. Pleus

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    General: Older Fighters Can’t Match F-35

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    Older fighter jets such as the F-16 and F/A-18 will never match the F-35, an Air Force general said.

    Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, a former F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot who directs the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program’s integration office, said even upgraded versions of the fourth-generation fighters simply can’t compete against the newer aircraft’s stealth superiority.

    “You cannot take an airplane like an F-16 and really make it stealthy,” Pleus said in an interview with Military.com on Wednesday at the Pentagon. “The airplane is the shape of the airplane, the size is the size of the airplane,” he said.

    “The radar cross-section of an F-18 is the radar cross-section of an F-18 — you can’t change that,” he added. “Low observable technology, the ability to evade radar if you will, is something that has to be designed into the airplane from the very beginning.”

    Pleus’ comments came just weeks after President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize the F-35 program — the Pentagon’s biggest acquisition program estimated at nearly $400 billion for almost 2,500 aircraft.

    More here: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2017/01/05/general-older-fighters-cant-match-f-35/
     
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    But RL- and IR -Stealth is nothing against lidars, so for the perspective war you need perspective UV&VL stealth technologies (and absolutely new planes), or you should play in "game with open information" in which F/A-18 will be better.
     
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    The F-35 have stealth and a lot of advanced electronics, we all know that stealth will eventually become obsolete as everyone begins to upgrade their radars. The question is: Can 4th and 4.5 generation fighters carry the same electronics without major modifications?
     
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    As I know, there are kit for upgrade MiG-29 with AESA-radar, version of Juk-A.
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    Super Hornet 'Not Interchangable' With F-35, Says US Air Force Secretary

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    WASHINGTON — If US President-elect Donald Trump moves forward with trying to supplant Lockheed Martin’s F-35 with Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, he can expect to find opposition from the Air Force, the service’s top civilian said.

    Trump made waves in December when — just a day after meeting the Defense Department’s F-35 program chief and CEOs from Lockheed and Boeing — he tweeted out that he had asked Boeing to price out a Super Hornet that would be “comparable” to an F-35.

    While the president can determine whether to cancel a weapons program or direct the military to start a new one, the Air Force remains a strong supporter of the F-35 program, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told Defense News in a Jan. 5 interview.

    “The Air Force does not view the F/A-18 and the F-35 to be substitutable at all,” she said. “They fulfill different requirements. They’re both fine aircraft, don’t get me wrong. But it’s fourth generation, and F-35 is fifth generation.”

    “The leaders of the Air Force will have the opportunity when the time comes to advise the president-elect on this,” she added. “But based on everything I know, the two are not interchangeable and the Air Force has not expressed interest in the F/A-18s.”

    Read more: http://www.defensenews.com/articles...rchangable-with-f-35-air-force-secretary-says
     
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