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F-35 Will 'Revolutionize' Combat Power In The Pacific
By Robbin Laird
Published: December 22, 2011
Robbin Laird, a member of the AOL Board of Contributors and vocal F-35 proponent, outlines why Japan's decision to purchase the Joint Strike Fighter will redefine the U.S. and its allies fly and fight in the Pacific
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be the cornerstone of Japanese defense. The Japanese know something about technology. And as a leader in technology worldwide, the Japanese decision validates the cutting edge role of the F-35.
Before the JSF, military leaders would have to tack on additional systems to legacy aircraft to provide new capabilities. The pilot would be forced to manage each new system. The F-35's five major combat systems are already integrated and interact with each other to provide capabilities. The functional capabilities that emerge from that interaction are done by the machine and are not simply correlated with a single system.
The F-35 is also perfectly equipped to integrate with other weapon platforms, like the Navy's Aegis ballistic missile system.
Upcoming Aegis tests will support a launch and engage-on-remote concept linking the Aegis ship to remote sensor data, increasing the coverage area and responsiveness. Once this capability is fully developed, the SM-3 missile used on board Aegis -- no longer constrained by the range the system's radar to detect an incoming missile -- can be launched sooner and therefore fly farther to defeat the threat. Imagine this capability linked to an F-35, which can see more than 800 miles throughout a 360-degree approach. Needless to say, U.S. allies are excited about the linkage prospects and the joint evolution of these two highly upgradeable weapon systems.
There is a high probability that the strategic quadrangle of South Korea, Singapore, Australia and Japan will all field the F-35 and Aegis missile system. This not only allows significant commonality among the allies, but provides a solid foundation for U.S. forces to work with regional allies and reduce the risks to American forward deployed forces.
US and allied forces will have the perfect aircraft in the F-35 to play both offensive and defense when hypersonic Cruise Missiles become a combat reality. The C4ISR-D "Z-axis" in the cockpit can lead the way in developing a Pacific "honeycomb" ISR Grid to handle the hyper-sonic Cruise Missile threat.
If the F-35 did not exist with it's revolutionary "Z-axis" 360 umbrella -it would have to be invented. Northern Edge validated that the US has developed a flying combat system that is world class and unique-a Fighter/Attack aircraft with EW/"tron" warfare capability with both AA and AG kinetic weapons in the bay.
In short, the acquisition of the F-35 by the Japanese is an important step in re-building Pacific defense capabilities. The F-35 will shape a scalable force that will participate in executing an economy of force strategy.
Source: http://defense.aol.com/2011/12/22/f-35- ... e-pacific/
Aegis linked to the "spear tips" F-35s and vice versa F-35s packing SM-3s, each is very "eye opening" WOW