F-35A vs KF-X

The F-35 compared with other modern jets.
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Unread post18 Oct 2019, 15:13

zerion wrote:I saw it at least once, but it’s totally subject to the accuracy of the reporters, so it could easily be fake news.

Edit: found this
Block 2 would add internal weapon bays, which Block 1 would be compatible with but not have.

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/kf- ... am-010647/

Report is from 2013

Block 2 would carry weapons internally, a provision for which would be made in the Block 1 design.


Thanks for the heads up, zerion. :thumb:
“Active stealth” is what the ignorant nay sayers call ECM and pretend like it’s new.


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Unread post19 Oct 2019, 10:02

mixelflick wrote:Horrible idea, this Block 1, 2 and 3 IMO..

Makes it unwieldy out of the gate, and there's no guarantee they ever get to block 2 standard, let alone block 3. This strategy is most likely driven by the fact they know they're nowhere near block 2 and 3, at least as they've defined it.

Not necessarily, there are a lot of countries out there that may want a little more than an F-16, but don't necessarily need an F-35 yet.

The Philippine air force for example is already in the final stages on their talks for F-16V block 70s for their Horizon 2 multi-role fighter procurement.
Read here:
https://pitzdefanalysis.blogspot.com/20 ... ogram.html
(More details on their Social media pages)

In 2022 however, they will begin Horizon 3. And its still early but talks are to get something a little heavier than an F-16.
Obvious choice is the F-35 but can they afford the maintenance and operational demands of a Stealth aircraft, I'm not so sure.

F/A-18, Rafale, and Typhoon are all being looked at, but none generated stronger sentiments than Korea's KF-X where the PH can join as a regional partner, they already have multiple defense agreements with Korea and a lot of their modern equipment such as fighters and frigates are being sourced there.

The Vietnamese air force is also interested in partnering up with Korea to get the KF-X. Photos of both the Ph and Vietnamese air force officials in front of the KF-X mock up surfaced this week, both considering a partnership with Korea on the program.

With China quickly taking the place of Russia as the new enemy of the free world, Asia is becoming the new frontline with countries there upgrading their armed services at a pace only seen before during the cold war.

So the market is there, not for Europe or the US, but for countries who want something more than Western 4th gens but can't quite get to 5th gen just yet.

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