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Good question there. Since most JSF investors are Europeans, more likely they'll need to load EU missiles and munitions. The smaller diameter and length ordnance should be able to fit in the internal bay for F-35. Brimstone, Iris, ASRAAM, AIM-120C, GBU-32, SDB, etc. When comes to larger ones like Apache, JSOW, Meteor BVRAAM with ramjet, might include AIM-120D with stage rocket booster, they'll be carried externally and risk losing stealth, having just low RCS. Meteor to be redesigned so that it could fit in the internal bay, that'll require the stage rocket booster to be removed leaving the Meteor with shorter range at less than 90Nm. That means Meteor will be competing with AMRAAM in sales of medium range category.
However, the NATOs would fly the F-35s for stealth missions carrying less payload internally. They'll rely on EF2000, Rafales and F-16s for the long range air to air intercept and strike missions. In terms of F-35B replacing Sea Harrier and AV-8B Harriers, that seems to be a doubt. Sea Harrier with 6 underwing hardpoints could carry mixture of A2A and A2G ordnance. F-35B unless they are fitted with external pylons to carry external loads, it'll be hard for it to fly CAS/SEAD where Marines are supposed to do.
I'm not sure whether its internal bay could fit missiles longer than 12ft for AGM like ALARM, HARM? Are they intending to phase out the multi-purpose AGM-65G soon since F-35 and F-22 aren't meant to carry them anymore? You could not use Brimstone and AGM169 to destroy lightly armored bunkers, structures, etc but you could with larger ASMs like AS30L, AGM-65.
Thanks for your info on other forums about X-32. You placed much effort in bringing up the issue few years back, if that is really you.
warwolf1 wrote:what about tactical nukes and other cruise missiles, fuel air explosives.
twistedneck wrote:warwolf1 wrote:what about tactical nukes and other cruise missiles, fuel air explosives.
I think the B61 will be the major nuke for F35 since it wont fit in F22.. but then again a mach 5 ram jet with a nuclear tip would be a better idea.
If they can get the wave rider to work and shrink that design down thats the future.
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