Defenc(s)e analysis frommy corner ofthe Internet.
Not sure how many have already viewed this particular F-22 ACM training vid... but it's worth the watch for any enthusiast who hasn't yet.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOl_r7FGMQgSkip to 2:30, around 5:30 and then 7:30 for actual ACM maneuvering shots.Not bad in a worse case phone booth scenario... and arguably better than the F-15 and standard F-16 at least.Now enter an F-16 with GE-132 and TVC and it might be interesting to see how competitive in performance such an upgrade might be?
Gun shots are irrelevant.Eurofighters have helmet visors and can cue IRIS-T missiles at huge off-boresight angles. Who needs gunshot videos if he can aim, lock on, fire and kill long before?The two perspectives are perfectly compatible if you assume that the F-22 drivers went for gun shot kills and the EF drivers went for IRIS-T lock-on kills.The latter is much more relevant to actual combat, of course.
Not completely. A HOBS-heater shot as the end-all-be-all assumes one always sees the opponent and of course still has some HOBS-heaters on-board to shoot. But yeah, HOBS-heaters are pretty deadly. The other observation in all of this is to note how the F-35 would bring nothing of value to a WVR environment let alone any other parts of an air-to-air scenario.
Except its own HOBS, turn performance between an F-16 and F-18, and the observability to turn up to a merge undetected by fighter radars.
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