A US Air Force General has made the claim that older jets ‘such as the F-16 and F/A-18’ can’t match the F-35, even with upgrades.

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, a former F-16 pilot said:

“You cannot take an airplane like an F-16 and really make it stealthy. The airplane is the shape of the airplane, the size is the size of the airplane.

The radar cross-section of an F-18 is the radar cross-section of an F-18 — you can’t change that. 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 also detailed the advantages of the F-35:

“The idea is, the F-35 was developed to go into a highly contested area, both air-to-air threats and surface-to-air threats, drop its bombs, hit the targets it’s supposed to, and then come home — and that is the entire fifth-generation package.”

He said of an F-16:

“If my radar doesn’t see it, then I don’t see it. In the F-35, if my radar sees it, or if my electronic warning system sees it … or my wingman’s radar sees it, or their wingman’s radar sees it, I see all of it.”

The US Marine Corps recently deployed F-35B aircraft to Japan for the jets first operational deployment.

The first squadron of F-35Bs, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, left their base in Arizona on Tuesday the 10th of January and are now at Iwakuni Air Station in Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan.

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Jack
Jack
4 years ago

No doubts we will still get silly articles in the media suggesting the F35 will be cancelled. And internet fools will believe it !

andyreeves9
andyreeves9
4 years ago
Reply to  Jack

plenty of fools on here will take any opportunity to slag off anything that in truth they know nothing about

David Southern
David Southern
4 years ago

Its the Putin-bots which make me laugh; every opportunity they slag it off.

joe
joe
4 years ago
Reply to  David Southern

They run it down because they know they have no answer & no counter to it.

1 single RAF lightning with 8 x Spear-3 missiles stored internally will render an entire S-400 battery useless.

The Kremlin knows this, so the bots do what they are told.

FW
FW
4 years ago

No where is the F-35 more needed than the European theatre. The Typhoon/F-35 combi will provide UK and Europe with a clear edge over the numerically superior Russian AF.