Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Rafael's Litening 5 and Reccelite XR pods

Hat tip to Alert 5 for the link!

I've talked many times about the F-35 being behind the power curve when it comes to modernization (ironic being that the plane is still in development).

This is an example of that.

The targeting systems on the F-35 just can't match what we're seeing from its podded competition.

Even with the Block 4 update the F-35 will still lag behind the competition.  Even worse I don't see it catching up.  It's just not as easy as many seem to think.  Upgrading internal components will always be harder than doing the same with pods.  Additionally we're seeing podded systems getting smaller, more capable and less energy dependent.

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