Friday, July 3, 2015

Report: F-35 can't dogfight. Lockheed Martin: Not so fast

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You may have seen a highly critical report insinuating that the F-35 fighter jet can be outmaneuvered by its predecessor, the F-16. The Military said the report is misleading: what's going on here?

War Is Boring published a report which said the F-35 can't dogfight, based on a report from a test pilot it obtained. The post gained significant traction on the web, prompting officials from Lockheed Martin to make an official response Wednesday which said the report "didn't tell the entire story."

Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet is the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, a U.S. Department of Defense initiative to develop a multi-purpose jet to replace a variety of aging aircraft still in service. Since the beginning, the JSF program has been mired in controversy due to its incredibly high cost of $400 Billion (and counting), and its many setbacksThe F-35 finds itself in the media often, and many see it as a symbol of government overspending, or as a "jack of all trades, master of none." Read more...

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