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Monday, July 06, 2015

JSF: Should the latest Joint Strike Fighter be able to ‘dogfight’?

F-35 Lightning IIThe debate about whether the new generation Joint Strike Fighter needs to be able to “dogfight” to win air battles has resurfaced after a JSF was outmanoeuvred by a jet designed 40 years ago.

The debate erupted afresh after an American test pilot’s report on his unsuccessful efforts to outmanoeuvre a 1970s-designed F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter bomber was leaked to the US blog site, War is Boring.

The blog’s editors said the test pilot’s report said his JSF was too sluggish for him to target the F-16 or for him to get out of the way when the older jet tracked him.

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