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The F35 in the US 'Vision 2020+' Strategy

Posted on February 20 2013 by Julien Maire in f35, us, strategy, aircraft, f16, f18, f22, ucav

The F35 in the US 'Vision 2020+' Strategy

The F35 is certainly the most emblematic equipment of the 'modern' US Strategy

The F35 is certainly the most emblematic equipment of the 'modern' US Strategy !

It is especially designed for :

  • Countering modern Long-Range Ground-to-Air defence systems (stealthness)

  • Countering aerial defence (stealthness)

  • Air-to-Ground missions against '1st defence-ring' (with, typically, the weapons bays)

  • Air-to-Ground Precise strikes (in completion of bombers, adapted for larger targets)

  • Being easily deployed on, and opterated from, Forward Command Bases (including carriers)

F35 main mission types : F18 replacement :

  • Ennemy facilities targetting (such as radar installations or anti-aircraft battery)

  • Air-support against armoured vehicules

F35 typical wars context : 'Blitzkrieg' (quick efficient war) :

  • Gulf war (1991)

  • Bosnia (1995)

  • Iraq (2003)

  • Libya (2012)

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In other hand, even it is described as a multi-role aircraft...

It is not optimized of :

  • Large Air-to-Ground strikes (due to a limited loading capacity)

  • Forward Air-to-Ground strikes (limited range and speed)

  • Air-to-Air missions (limited speed, external capacity, and G limits)

  • Close Air Support

  • Endurance missions (limited range)

F35 is unsuitable for :

  • 'Guerrilla' (Afghanistan)

  • 'Strength Forces' war [Long-Term / WW] (no recent case)

F35 in the US Vision :

Even the critics over F35 performances and the fact that it is potentially inadapted for some customers strategies, the aircraft is rightly designed to complete the US 'Vision 2020+', facing to modern conflicts, in its role of F18 replacement :

  • Air-to-Ground strikes on '1st defence-ring' : performed by F35 [F18/F16 replacement]

  • Air-to-Ground Precise strikes : performed by F35 [F18 replacement]

  • Large Air-to-Ground strikes : performed by bomber

  • Forward Air-to-Ground strikes : performed by UCAV or bomber

  • Air-to-Air missions : performed by F22 [F15/F16 replacement]

  • Close Air Support : performed by AH64 'Apache Longbow' helicopter

  • Endurance missions : performed by UCAV

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