The F-35 "Killed All the Targets": Why the Marines Think This Fighter Is a "Velociraptor"

Dave Majumdar

Dave Majumdar

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But it might not all be so wonderful. 

The F-35 "Killed All the Targets": Why the Marines Think This Fighter Is a "Velociraptor"

Even if the Pentagon can exercise the full capabilities of the new jet in simulations, there are questions as to how effective the F-35 will be against the latest Chinese air defenses. 

The United States Marine Corps’ top aviation officer offered an upbeat assessment of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to the House Armed Services Committee during his testimony on July 6. The stealthy new jump-jet is performing well during training exercises despite using an interim software configuration that affords the pricy aircraft only a fraction of the capabilities the Pentagon requires of it.

(This first appeared back in 2016.)

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