APA has an interesting scenario of a mythical encounter between the F-35 and the SU-35S. Go to their site to read the whole thing but here are some excerpts....
Number 3 of the F-35C sweepers gets a contact from his APG-81 radar, and the four inbound bogeys are shown across the network. Analysis of signals from the bogeys identifies them as Russian built Su-35S, previously seen moving on Woody Island by satellite recon. All the F-35Cs arm their four AIM-120D missiles and prepare for a ‘turkey shoot’, expecting to get ‘first-look, first-shot, first kill’. ‘Ah’, thinks Charlie, ‘this will be like the AN/AAQ-37 EO DAS advertisement: ‘manoeuvrability is irrelevant …let the missiles do the turning’.Sounds good so far...the F-35 is operating exactly as advertised!
The Flankers with their extreme agility come in range at 60 miles, and the F-35C flight sorts targets and fires a pair of AIM-120Ds at each Flanker. The seconds tick by agonisingly slowly as the missiles fly out to their targets, and each pilot watches for the tell-tale radar bloom of a kill. The AN/ASQ-239 “Barracuda” Electronic Warfare system shows considerable activity from each Flanker and then …. a single bloom indicating one Flanker has been hit.Ok, we just hit our first WTF moment. The AIM-120D is suppose to have a 50% greater range than the long range AIM-120C-7. That would put it at the 100 mile range. Something is fishy here. These guys are pilots and engineers. It couldn't be bias could it...lets let this play out and see what happens.
Range is now 40 Nm and closing at 1,100 Nm/hr. The F-35C’s EO DAS detects four missile launch “flares” from each Flanker, twelve in all, and APG-81 radar detects missiles inbound. The F-35Cs each fire their two remaining AIM-120Ds and turn sixty degrees to maintain datalink command guidance of their missiles via the APG-81 AESA antenna. The cockpit MFDs show that the Flankers have broken away though 120 degrees, with the IRBIS-Es' swivelling antenna heads maintaining guidance contact. The AIM-120Ds, now chasing a retreating target, will fall short. The F-35Cs are not so lucky and they all break as the EO DAS senses the incoming R-77M missiles. Small active radiofrequency decoys and flares are ejected. One JSF is killed with an R-77ME missile with an active radar seeker, another with a tail-pipe hit from an R-77TE with an infrared seeker. Charlie’s JSF is now on full burner, heading for the deck and passing Mach 1.3 when ‘whoomp’ – the back-end explodes, and the cockpit is shrill with alarms and festooned with red displays of failure warnings. There is no response from the stick and he reaches for the ejection handle. A blast and excruciating pain as large chards of the shattered canopy knife into his upper body, then silence as the ‘chute’ opens.Ok, we just hit our second WTF moment. These Chinese are shot at but keep barreling through. Additionally the AIM-120D is fire and forget with the added benefit of lock on jamming. SOmething ain't right here. But wait there is more! Why would our intrepid F-35 pilot have to maintain lock to guide the missile? They can do that while running away at full speed. Third WTF moment. Ok, I'm sorry we have a fourth WTF! How can only one of our missiles prove effective but everything they throw at us hit with stunning accuracy???????
I could go on but you get the point.
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