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Posted on 02/06/2011 4:21:54 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
In August 2010, Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced his decision to make the F-35 Lightning II (aka the Joint Strike Fighter) as the future fighter plane of the Israel Air Force. Was it the right choice?
The F-35 is a fifth-generation combat aircraft. As such it has some unique capabilities that would make every combat pilots mouth water: It is stealthy (that is, nearly invisible to enemy radars); it has a suit of sensors that enables it to scan and track a large number of targets − in the air, in the sea and on the ground − and provide the pilot a view of the terrain, day and night and in adverse weather, so as to warn him of any threat. The planes communications system enables the pilot to share this data with other aircraft − as well as with ground forces and command posts, and also to benefit from data provided by these external sources.
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Just as long as he uses their money.
That's a whole lotta sensors.