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mixelflick wrote:"Until the sun goes down.."
Ah, but doesn't the F-35 have a nifty IR sensor and other things to shoot in the dark?
"Guns jam on their own"
Fair point. But do we really want to leave an F-35 pilot defenseless after expending her 2-4 AMRAAMS? It's not like she can run like a Raptor. I did read of supercruise of mach 1.2 without afterburner for 150 miles, but it's plausible that it could get run down by a lightly loaded Flanker. Certainly a PAK-FA/J-20 could do it with the right engines..
I'm no Pierre Sprey, but if I were the pilot of an F-35 - I'd want that gun pod..
Well, F-35s tend to work as a wolfpacks and can also direct weapons from other sources like Aegis cruisers and 4th gen aircraft available. Running down one would mean coming to jaws of these systems. Of course running down an F-35 means you have to know where it is and this will be very hard to do.
Not that having a gun available would not be bad at all. But I think it'd be pretty meaningless if you are alone and enemy knows where you are and he has missiles to use and you only have a gun.