The F-35 has little cameras all over the plane that feed into the central computer, which then projects an image of the outside world to the pilot's helmet depending on which direction he (or she) is looking.
From the perspective of the pilot's eyes, it will appear that the pilot is just flying through the air in a chair, without any plane at all.
It is highly relevant to the point I was addressing, which was an allegation that the F-22 has superior observability.
It is also relevant to the F-35's ability to fight, since an F-35 can shoot down anything it can see, so long as it is within missile range.
Without F22 to provide support and maintain air superiority for the F35, then a well maintained air force of another nation with F35's are on par with our F35 to knock it down.
If the F-35 is as effective as hoped for, then having F-22s on our side would do little good against the opposing F-35s.
But the notion that we will ever have to do war against a nation armed with F-35s is a little silly. What we really have to worry about fighting are J-31s from China.
It won't matter if the F-35 can see the F-22 coming. F-22 tactically employs at nearly twice the altitude and at 50% greater airspeed than the F-35
If an F-35 can see the other plane, the F-35 can instantly fire a missile at the other plane.
If the F-35 succeeds in making maneuverability obsolete, then no amount of thrust vectoring will do the F-22 any good.
F-35 has nothing on F-22.
The F-35 has the ability to see a plane in any direction, and the ability to instantly lock on and fire a missile in any direction.
Regarding maneuverability, F-22 can reach higher mach and higher altitude than an F-35 and use such altitudes to declare dominance.
And the F-35 can just fire a missile at them without even changing course.
Added to that F-22 can turn twice as fast than F-35.
The F-22 needs to turn before it can fire its missiles.
The F-35 can fire its missiles without needing to turn.
The politicians did not provide support for the F-22 program because, the U.S. has always been into having large numbers of relatively cheap "multi-role" fighters that can do both air-to-air combat and air-ground strikes, rather than have a smaller number of much more expensive dedicated "air superiority" fighters whose major function is taking down enemy jets with ease.
Depends on the politicians.
Some of them felt that the F-35 was a huge leap forward in fighter technology. If the tech pans out, they will be correct, though we won't know for awhile if it does pan out.
Others opposed the F-22 because they hate America and they want to disarm the US military.
It is unlikely in the extreme that our closest allies will become our enemies within the lifetime of these fighters.
And having strong friends and allies makes us stronger as well.
Maybe unlikely, but is it impossible?
Pretty near impossible, especially within the life cycle of these fighter jets.
Putting such level of trust is a danger to our nation. If you can't see that, then you are clearly misguided. it's better to be safe than sorry.
Having weak allies is an even greater danger to us.
That China poses an imminent grave threat to a number of our close allies is not a fantasy, and certainly not an illogical one.
If we want to avoid a war, then we must be strong enough to fight that war. Otherwise the war will come to us whether we like it or not.
The rise of Chinese over time doesn't mean a war.
But the fact that China is actively trying to conquer our allies' territory does
They maybe an economic threat, but numbers wise, it doesn't add up to conclude that their military posses any threat to us.
If their military is no threat, then what are they doing entering our allies' territory, laying claim to it, and even getting radar locks on our allies' ships and warplanes while they are invading our allies' territory?
They don't even have a legitimate navy.
Well, whatever its standards, we need to be ready to sink it.
And our allies are also increasing their military funding in recent times. China wouldn't dare start anything for fear of being decimated before they could even put one foot forward.
China is already