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There are 3 pieces to air battlespace domination: The AWACs command and control network, the new AESA forward looking stealth radar mounted on the fighters, and of course, the aircraft itself.

The US still holds a decisive edge in the AWACs field. Regarding AESA radar, US radars are also still arguably the best -- BUT the Russians and French are catching up quickly.

But by all indications, the US has already lost the race in the third component, the aircraft itself. Russian and European aircraft have trounced the F-35 before it has even been introduced. One reason the F-35 is taking so long is because they keep going back to the drawing board to play catch up. Air Power Australia's detailed scenario-based study concluded that the US is outclassed comprehensively in a match-up involving the PAK-FA T-50 and the F-35s. The only aircraft in the world with a prayer of competing against the PAK-FA is the F-22.

In this respect, the Senate decision to discontinue the F-22 program is strategically disastrous. The F-35, when introduced will emerge to find an alien world where its adversaries will outclass it from the beginning.

A radical rethink of budget allocations is required immediately. The key to every US success in military confrontations in recent years from Bosnia to Iraq to Afghanistan has been immediate and total control of airspace, so the army and marines could move in under overwhelming air cover. If this capability is lost, the ability to go in where needed is lost.

In this respect, I do not see this fundamental realization in US political or even military circles. They seem strangely complacent and overconfident in their ability, as if past success is the guarantee of future endeavors without any effort.



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Russia shows off its new stealth fighter Sukhoi T-50 174 Dave Light 17-Aug-11 18:44
Re: Russia shows off its new stealth fighter Sukhoi T-50 81 Pete Vanderzwet 17-Aug-11 22:10
Re: Not Stealth with that set up 83 Thunderbird 18-Aug-11 02:38
Re: Not Stealth with that set up 88 Pete Vanderzwet 18-Aug-11 03:25
Re: Not Stealth with that set up 87 Thunderbird 18-Aug-11 04:24
Re: Not Stealth with that set up 67 Dave Light 18-Aug-11 14:48
Re: Russia's New Airborne Counter-Stealth Radars 783 Thunderbird 18-Aug-11 17:01
I guess they need to adopt some Wild Weasel strategy 108 Absinthujone 18-Aug-11 13:13
"Pajura configuration" - a fresh romanian original idea for a stealth jetfighter 925 Absinthujone 18-Aug-11 15:45
Re: "Pajura configuration" - a fresh romanian original idea for a stealth jetfighter 119 Thunderbird 18-Aug-11 17:16
Did Russia give Mig 1.44's technology to China's J-20? 147 Absinthujone 18-Aug-11 15:15
The Big Question: Wither US Air-Superiority? 108 Deep1 20-Aug-11 13:59
Re: PAK FA MAKS Hi Res 165 Thunderbird 21-Aug-11 03:00

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