19 Mar 2018, 05:24

72 x MQ-25 planned, spread among 12 x CVN = 6 MQ-25 per carrier.

Realistic embarked would be 4 x MQ-25, per CVN.

8 x MQ-25 could be embarked for attack-surge capacity at the theatre level.

One MQ-25 in, one MQ-25 back (2 tankers) would support a 4 x F-35C JSM strike out to 1,400 nm track distance in radius.

So 8 (Boeing) x MQ-25 should be able to support Hour-1 deep strikes by 16 x F-35C, from each CVN in the theatre, simultaneously.

3 x CVN could mount a long-range (1,400 nm to 1,750 nm) initial attack, by 48 x F-35C, if utilising no less than 24 x MQ-25 supporting this first wave.

Equating to a strike potential of 96 x JSM internal, and 192 x JASSM-ER external, in the first wave.

Exterrnals launched while well outside of effective LOS radar coverage, keeping F-35C RCS low, but JSM has medium-standoff also, so there's little chance of effective VHF LOS early-warning detection if flying according to F-35C ESM cueing, in conjunction with MDF data on ESM contact's effective EW range.

This equates to 288 cruise weapons in the first long-range strike from 3 x CVN.

i.e. UAI will be enabled long before 72 x MQ-25 are built, so VLO cruise weapons can be almost anything.

Alternatively, 48 x F-35C could deliver 24 x SDBII out to 1,250 nm per jet, or:

48 x 24 = 1,152 SDBII ... in the first strike wave, using 3 x CVN, and 24 x MQ-25.

So the long-range strike ratio requires 1 x MQ-25, for every 2 x F-35C.

Long-Range reach thus falls within >1,250 nm and <1,750 nm track-distance radius from the carrier (depending on range of standoff weapon used, drag and launch point).

Accel + Alt + VLO + DAS + MDF + Radial Distance = LIFE . . . Always choose Stealth