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New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019

I’ve been against the F-35 from the day it was announced. Sure, it sounds cool and, in theory, can fill the gap between mission-specific aircraft, but let’s not pull punches here: it costs too much and is–in a practical sense–technologically inferior to the current air superiority fleet we have in service.

Let’s not forget that the F-15, a plane designed in the 1960s and first entered service in the early 1970s, can fill every mission role that the F-35 was designed for (including naval carrier operations). The F-15 may not be as stealthy as the F-22, but–then again–neither is the F-35!

Another Air Force official familiar with the F-35 confirmed that the jet won’t have the software to fire its gun until the Block 3F software is released to frontline squadrons sometime in 2019. Neither Lockheed nor the F-35 Joint Program Office responded to inquiries about the status of the jet’s gun.

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Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ’10 Years Behind’ Older Jets

Define “boondoggle”.

When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the battlefield as well; and what video the F-35 does capture, it won’t be able to transmit to infantrymen in real time.

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F-35B Hover Test

$167 million and it can do about as much as a $10 million Whiskey Cobra. Still, watching a jet fighter try to be an attack helicopter is pretty cool. It can’t even take down one measly New York cop!

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Watch The F-35B Hover For The First Time

The F-35 Lightning II project may be a colossal never-ending money suck — costing us nearly $400 billion for 2,400 planes — but watching the F-35B variant successfully hover almost makes it worth it. Almost.

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