The F-35 global fleet recently reached 400,000 flight hours. To date, 9 countries are users and more than 638 aircraft with 1380 pilots and 10 thousand 670 maintenance crews were trained. But as we said in the previous issue, the US Air Force is looking to build a lightweight and cost-effective 4.5-generation fighter to replace the hundreds of F-16s in daily operations.
“The F-35 is steel and advanced. It looks like a Ferrari car that is only used on holidays,” said Gen. Charles Brown, chief of staff of the Air Force. You need a cheap car to go to work every day, and the Air Force wants a low-level fighter for day-to-day operations. Today, almost a thousand 16-Fs meet this need, but since 2001 the new Falcon has not been purchased and the fleet is old.
Air Force chief procurement director Will Ruiz suggested the idea of a new 16-F order, but the chief of staff objected, saying he did not want more classic fighters. He added the 17-ton Falcon upgradeNon-concealment is very difficult, and the Air Force should start designing low-level fighters instead of ordering more. The cost of flying Lightning is high and the ultimate American fighter should not be used for low-level operations. The Air Force wants to modify its use to be used only for complex operations such as penetrating deep into enemy skies.
The US allies also have thousands of F-16s that will sooner or later have to be replaced. Some do not even have the power to buy Lightning, so a cheaper and simpler fighter should be produced. This design is familiar because the 35-F was also supposed to be a cheap and lightweight grip to replace the 16-F! In the 1990s, the JSF program was set to save thousands of lightning rods to replace almost all of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps fighters. But after more than 20 years of research and development, Ali became a heavy and expensive fighter as the Air Force and Lockheed equipped them with more and new technologies.
Eventually, the F35 became the problem that Kanda was supposed to solve. Now the Air Force needs a new fighter to solve the problem. Definitely having a negative effect on reliability. The upper bouts featured two cutaways, for easier access to the higher frets. But their vision failed because they tried to work too high at 35-F.
The small wing version of the ground, the large non-ground wing, and the vertical black flight of the Marines complicated and increased the cost, which led to repeated delays. Delays gave developers more time to Add more complexity to the design. Complexity also cost more, and the vicious cycle continued. As a result, 15 years after the first flight, the Air Force has only 283 aircraft, and as we said in the previous issue, the final number will be much less than the initial estimate.
When the Chief of Staff calls the 35-F a high-level fighter equal to the 22-F level, which produced only 195 aircraft, it means that they may have had a similar dream for Lightning. The dollar due to the lexical order is directed to the new low-level fighter. Some media outlets are reporting the introduction of a simple, 4.5-generation 32-X fighter (defeated F-35). A new design called 36-F has also been proposed.
But the question is, will the Air Force succeed in developing a light and cheap fighter? This could be the fate of the last low-level fighter, the 35-F, and its complexity, weight and cost would steadily rise to a higher level. If that happens, as the Air Force commander might have said in 2041, 36-F is like a Ferrari. They don’t go to work with a Ferrari every day! Maybe he should finally build a cheap and light jet to replace the sixty-year-old 16-F!
Clans that did not wear lightning!
The Marine Corps F-35B recently crashed while practicing close air support with a 25mm cannon under the hull. The bullet exploded after exiting the tube, damaging the aircraft, injuring the pilot and landing the fighter safely, but causing $ 2.5 million in damage (Part A). One of the problems of stealth aircraft, in addition to the high cost and cost of flight, is maintenance in the event of an accident. Because the cost of repair is higher than other fighters due to the design and maintenance of the stealth pattern.
Another interesting issue was the type of training, the use of the F35 ball has long been considered and tested in different conditions. From the beginning, the Lightning designers sought to replace it with the specialized A10 aircraft, whose conventional method of transport is to dive on ground targets and fire a 300 mm cannon. Lightning can also, but by diving at the same height, it is exposed to a variety of threats such as anti-aircraft cannons.
The remaining 10-As are subjected to a heavy upgrade program, especially electronic warfare and long-range weapons to prepare for future battles against powerful powers Independently warned that eventually the various experiences of the wars in Syria, Iraq and technical and financial issues, this issue was strictly dictated to the commanders of the air (air force, navy and corps of soldiers)
In the relatively recent past, China and Iran had little to say about UAVs and cruise missiles, and the effect of ballistic missiles against air bases was minimal. But over the years, the two countries have taken great strides in increasing the accuracy of ballistic missiles and developing cruise ships and UAVs that can threaten large air bases. The United States is also looking to move beyond the current practice and imitate Sweden. They do not emphasize the large air base because it is vulnerable.
But the pilot can land the Gerbin fighter on thousands of kilometers of highway, while the crew immediately emerges from behind the trees, refueling and ammunitioning the fighter to continue the mission. The United States is looking for a similar approach, and a fighter with a sub-hull air intake such as the 16-F is not suitable, as the air intake is close to the ground and sucks dirt and debris like a vacuum cleaner when using the highway.
New Vision 4+1
The Air Force wants to combine its fighter jets in the future with NGAD (Next Generation Air Domination) F-15EX and 35-F and alternative 16-F. If the combination is not able to perform 10-A tasks, the aircraft will also be retained. As the name NGAD suggests. Hunting is aerial dominance and an alternative to the 22-F. In the coming years, the Raptor fleet will be upgraded and will gradually retire from 2030, in the order of the oldest to the youngest. NGAD also has the ability to attack defensive sites. The Air Force commander also said that it will probably have two types of short-range for the European battlefield and long-range against China, and can be used in drone mode. Autonomous drones are also on the agenda.