An F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on a training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida on March 6, 2012 file photo.
(REUTERS/U.s. Air Force photo/Randy Gon/handout)
60 enemy fighters closed in on a U. S. Air Force 4th Generation fighter aircraft, blinding the jet with electronic warfare attacks, a experienced pilot facing invisible lethal attackers close in — during an air-combat Red Flag exercise, closely replicating the actual warfare scenarios.
Yet, in a life-saving flash, the endangered 4th pilot was said: “turn around” by an F-35 active in the area via the radio, a direct warning. The 5th Generation multi-role stealth fighter then used his long-range sensors and weapons to “kill” the enemy aircraft, according to an air force news story.
Air force Colonel Joshua Wood, 388th Group Commander was a part of the exercise.
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“I’ve never seen anything like it. My wingman is a brand new F-35A pilot, seven or eight flights of the training. He gets on the radio and tells an experience, 3,000 hours of pilot in a fourth-generation aircraft. ‘Hey bud, you need to run. You are about to die, There is a threat out of your nose,'” Wood explained in the report of the service.
The Red Flag exercise, and the annual live-combat-like training, pulled off an unprecedented amount of sophisticated threat scenarios, representing “near peer” threats. Red Flag aggressors, according to the Air Force report will include “advanced integrated air-defense systems, an opponent of the air force, cyber-warfare and information operations.”
Red Flag pilots also flew in GPS-denied environments, where the communication is jammed or unusable by enemy EW attacks, according to the Air Force report. Place on Nellis AFB in Nevada, the exercise included 3,000 staff of 39 units, including the U. S. Navy, us Air Force, the Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force.
“The F-35 ‘redefines’ how are you going to the war with a platform. it fuses data on a core level, for pilots with information is deadly in the combat zone,” Edward “Stevie” Smith, F-35 domestic business development director, Lockheed Martin, told the Warrior Maven in an interview.
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Developers explain that the F-35 is, by design, intended to make use of the stealth configuration to “Suppress Enemy air defenses” while monitoring the air-to-air and air-to-ground threats.
An engineer familiar with the F-35 technology, explained it this way – “There is a FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) built into the aircraft. The DAS (Distributed Aperture System and 360-degree cameras), and the EOTS (Electro-Optical Targeting System to track and attack long range targets) can see things in the middle-wave IR at fairly significant ranges, they follow a long way.”
Describe the Red Flag weapons contracts, Lockheed F-35 pilot Billy Flynn said F-35s can fire Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles without being seen by opponents – those on the margins of detectability.
“We were able to start and leave,” Flynn explained.
Last year sports, the air force and the Navy investigated a number of similar threats, including the efforts to refine the F-22 dogfighting skills. The F-22 last year, the exercise of the 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, conducted air interdiction, combat search and rescue, close air support, dynamic targeting and defensive counter-air operations in mock combat scenarios.
The confront of the simulated “Red” force ground and air threats, the F-22’s attacked targets such as mock airfields, vehicle convoys, tanks, parked aircraft, bunkered defensive positions and missile sites.
Although modern weapons such as long-range air-to-air missiles, and the lack of near-peer warfare in recent years, that means dog fighting itself is less likely these days. If the service is preparing for possible developments for the future against technologically advanced opponents, maintaining a need to dogfight is of great significance. For example, the emerging Chinese J-10 and Russian 5th Gen PAK-50 clearly underline the importance of this.
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Advanced dogfighting capability can greatly expedite the completion of the air force, who have long discussed the OODA-loop phenomenon, in which pilots seek to quickly complete a decision-making cycle of Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action – faster than an enemy fighter. The concept, which dates back decades to the former air force pilot and inventor John Boyd, a long height fighter pilot training and combat preparation.
If pilots can complete the OODA loop faster than an enemy during an air-to-air combat engagement, described as “the inside enemy of the decision-making process,” they can destroy an enemy and prevail. For a faster processing of information, allowing a better pilot decisions, it is of course logically, it makes a big difference when it comes to the OODA loop.
Connection with the air and on the ground control of the assets, on the basis of emerging data link technology is an important part of the exercise as the Air Force’s enhanced efforts to work with other departments on cross-domain burning activities.
The OODA-Loop is of equal importance to the F-35, which, while designed to be a dogfight, is built to make use of the long-range sensors to complete the process before ever by an enemy.
The air force plans to update the main aspects of these with, for example, the LINK 16 upgrades to the F-22 that make it possible to improve the sharing of data with the F-35 and the 4th generation aircraft in real-time combat.
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First operational in 2005, the F-22 is a multi-role fighter designed with stealth technology to evade enemy radar detection, and speeds can reach Mach 2 with the so-called “super-cruise” capability. Supercruise is the ability to cruise at supersonic airspeeds such as 1.5 Mach without afterburner, a power attributed to the engine thrust and aerodynamic configuration of the F-22.
The F-22 is built with two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines with afterburners, Air Force statements. The unit has a 44-foot wingspan and a maximum takeoff weight of more than 83,000 pounds.
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