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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by fbrdphreak, Sep 22, 2006.
I'm curious to see how things will turn out. I'm suspecting the F-22 will end up in very limited numbers and then this thing will be the main fighter of the first 50 years of the 2000's.
As a multipurpose, new generation (seventh I think) aircraft, the F-35 is necessary, but the F22, is significantly better suited as an air superiority weapon. The F135's 40,000lbs of thrust is impressive, but considering the F-22 has two F119s at at least 35,000 each, it's really not that overwhelming. The F22 has a faster supercruise at mach 1.7 than the maximum speed of the F35 at mach 1.6. Not to mention the range of the F22 is 2000 miles whereas the F35 is under a thousand. It's also inferred that the F22 has a much faster acceleration due to its engines, but it also handles much better too. Frankly, I'd be scared shitless to be in an F35 and have a raptor after me.
The F22 also costs 3.5x as F35.
There is no way a multipurpose aircraft can fulfill the antitank / ground support role even half as well as the purpose built A-10.But the aircraft does sound cool other than that.
Considering the F22 was more designed to be an Air Superiority fighter, that's hardly a surprise.
Plus having the F22 as a completely US developed and owned design has its own benefits.
Bah! I like the F40 better.
I think the F35 is going to replace planes like the F16 while the F22 is going to replace planes like the F15 and F18. While thier roles overlap a bit, there is places where eachother excels.
As far as replacing the A-10, there is no replacing that plane. There was nothing like it before, and there will be nothing like it again. The A-10 will go down in history as the world's only true flying tank.
The F-35 is an amazing plane. The X-32 never stood a chance.
The F-35 will replace the F-16, F/A-18 (which itself replaced the F-14), and Harrier, beginning in 2011.
The F-22 is the F-15 replacement.