What if F-35s were available in a Desert Storm Scenario?

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Unread post10 Jul 2018, 05:02


The biggest reason for all the morphing to A2G platforms back in the 60's and 70's was 1) Vietnam, and 2) diminished Pact threat of an Eastern Europe invasion.

The ATF debacle soured much of the HQ staff toward a "universal" platform,although the Double Ugly made a good case for multi-role (despite not being the best in both roles). The distrust of multirole and multiservice platforms showed up again in the 90's with the JSF. The LWF platforms ( 16 and 18) had inherent A2G capability, but not on the scale as the Mudhen requirements. The change in the threat and then DS helped move the Viper and Hornet more to strike than A2A.

Unless there is a conflict between the major powers real soon, looks to me that F-35 and its brethren in other air forces will be the dominant platorms for next 10 or 15 years.

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