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    There is no hope of 4th generation planes like the Rafale surviving in modern war fare except with 3rd world countries that do not have modern defenses. There is a place for 4th generations planes with modern F35s and F22s spear heading attacks and taking out defenses and directing the legacy planes.
     
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    Red Flag 17-3 kicking up summer heat with AF, Marine F-35s
    By Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs / Published July 10, 2017



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    F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron out of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., sit on the Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., flightline, July 7, 2017. The 95th FS came to Nellis AFB as part of the Red Flag 17-3 exercise, which allows pilots to train in air-to-air combat and get the experience of multiple combat sorties in the safety of a training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody R. Miller/Released)

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    An F-22 Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is parked on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in preparation for Red Flag 17-3 July 7, 2017. Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen/Released)

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    Four F-22 Raptors assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., sit on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in preparation for Red Flag 17-3 July 7, 2017. This exercise gives Airmen an opportunity to experience realistic combat scenarios to prepare and train them in the event of future conflicts or war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen/Released)



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    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.— The U.S. Air Force began Red Flag 17-3, its three-week air-to-air combat training exercise, today and will conclude July 28.

    Base leadership wants to remind southern Nevada residents that they may notice increased military aircraft activity.

    Aircraft will depart from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., twice daily to participate in combat training missions on the Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas in one of the Air Force’s largest joint exercises.

    “For Red Flag, we bring in our joint warfighters with their capabilities and their equipment,” said Lt. Col. Mark Sadler, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander. “We come together, fight as a team, and we get to learn from each other as we do that.”

    Each Red Flag exercise is unique and Red Flag 17-3 is no different. For the first time, there will be two F-35 Lightning II squadrons participating.

    The Marine Corps’ F-35Bs will participate alongside the Air Force’s F-35As for the first time in Red Flag history.

    As the F-35 mission continues to grow, so will the operators, maintainers and the system as a whole. We get to learn in a realistic training environment as we continue to progress down the road with this platform and other fifth-generation or fourth-generation aircraft, said Sadler.

    Sadler said, having two F-35 units at Red Flag will allow us to learn about the capabilities of both the F-35A and the F-35B models from each other.

    “We’re not going to go to war alone,” said Sadler. “The more we can do joint exercises like Red Flag where we get everybody together and learn from each other, the more we can better use each other’s tactics, techniques and procedures to successfully go after whatever the problem set is.”

    Red Flag consists of a variety of attack, fighter and bomber aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft, electronic warfare aircraft, airlift support, search and rescue aircraft, aerial refueling aircraft and ground based command and control, space and cyber forces.

    More than 2,500 joint warfighters will participate in the multi-domain integration, Red Flag 17-3, where they will operate together and successfully defeat the threat.

    “Red Flag gives our joint warfighters the opportunity to promote their readiness through innovation,” said Sadler. “They may have to go outside their comfort zone and take risks with their innovation, but at the end of the day if they see positive, successful outcomes towards the objectives, then that’s immediate positive feedback on readiness we’re looking for at Red Flag.”
     
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    HMS Queen Elizabeth: Portsmouth arrival date set
    • 7 August 2017
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    Image caption The 65,000-tonne ship set sail from Rosyth dockyard in June
    The Royal Navy's new £3bn aircraft carrier is expected to arrive in its home port within weeks, the Defence Secretary has confirmed.

    HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to sail into Portsmouth following extensive preparations at the naval base.

    The exact date is weather-dependent but is expected to be no later than 22 August.

    The 65,000-tonne ship has been undergoing sea trials since setting sail from Rosyth dockyard in June.

    Sir Michael Fallon said the 280m (900ft) long carrier would have a window for entering Portsmouth which would open on 17 August.


    "In just two weeks' time, the most powerful warship ever built for Britain's famous Royal Navy is set to sail into her proud new home in Portsmouth," he said.

    "HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the Royal Navy's flagship for the next 50 years, keeping us safe by deploying across the seven seas, using her strike power to deter our enemies."

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    Image caption Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the carrier would be the "Royal Navy's flagship"
    The carrier currently cannot deploy planes but flying trials are due to begin next year, with 10 F-35 Lightning II jets and 120 aircrew preparing for the task in the US.

    Preparations for the arrival of the future flagship of the fleet saw more than 20,000 items ranging from a human skull to sea mines dredged up from Portsmouth Harbour.

    The Ministry of Defence said specialist dredging vessels have removed 3.2m cubic metres of sediment - the equivalent to 1,280 Olympic swimming pools - during the dredging operation carried out to deepen the harbour mouth to enable the Queen Elizabeth to reach Portsmouth naval base.
     
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    One thing for sure the Rafales wont be, they are already obsolete
     
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    Every average american have pain in the a** when they realized that some other country, specially France, are producing equally good or even better products.
    It was the case 30 years ago with Airbus, now this european compagny is on par with Boeing.
    It's the same pathology now with Rafale.
     
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    I'm sure US navy has the same pic.
    left a Ticonderoga cruiser or a Arleight burke DD, right a chinese frigate of 1980 and 2017... But they are producing Arleight Burke again and again.

    Same stuff with SH18. They need more of it and are not very keen on F35C. Strange isn't it ?
     
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    The Warbird That Dominates The Skies
    By J. Hardy, Feb 6, 2017
    Riding Solo
    Many planes are made to include co-pilots so that teams may fly together. This is not true of the sleek F-35, which makes maximum use of all the space available by only providing a single seat, which is of course reserved for the pilot of the jet. In addition, F-35 fighter jets only have a single engine, which allows the jet to move quickly without adding a lot of extra weight. The lack of unnecessary extra weight helps the F-35 retain its speed and mobility when in the air and during maneuvers.

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    The Warbird That Dominates The Skies
    By J. Hardy, Feb 6, 2017
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    It Can Sense Everything
    You’d almost expect a fighter jet as advanced as the F-35 to fly itself. While the F-35 still requires an experienced pilot, it does provide an amazing, state-of-the-art sensor system that can give fighter jet pilots a complete 360-degree view of their environments. This keeps them from having blind spots where enemies can take advantage of their inability to detect them.
     
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    That’s a Lot of Parts
    Technology like the F-35 is understandably extremely advanced, and requires a lot of partners working together to make it all happen. Even then, though, you’d probably be surprised to learn that over 1,500 suppliers from around the world provide the parts used to make the F-35. And how many parts does it take to make an F-35 fighter? Would you believe that a total of 300,000 parts are used to make each and every F-35 in existence? It’s no wonder they’re so expensive.

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    The Warbird That Dominates The Skies
    By J. Hardy, Feb 6, 2017
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    Costs a Pretty Penny
    It’s not very surprising that any fighter jet would cost a lot of money, let alone an advanced fighter jet such as an F-35. How much does an F-35 cost? Well, there are three different models of the F-35, but they range from $98 million to $116 million each. Even with the amazing capabilities that each F-35 fighter jet has, that’s quite an expensive piece of military technology. Still, most believe that the jets are worth every penny of their extremely high cost.
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    The Warbird That Dominates The Skies
    By J. Hardy, Feb 6, 2017

    It Has More Than One Configuration
    Of the three main variations of the F-35, the F-35C is the costliest, at a total expense of about $116 million per plane. Why is it so expensive? Well, it’s a carrier-based aircraft that does not require a runway and can actually make catapult-assisted takeoffs, instead. Furthermore, they also have assisted recovery features which can make their applications during difficult missions even more useful.

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    There's a mistake in the news. It's about F22, never F35.
     
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    The Warbird That Dominates The Skies
    By J. Hardy, Feb 6, 2017

    Fold It Up
    The F-35C is a truly remarkable piece of aviation history. What’s so special about it? Well, aside from being specifically designed to land and take off from busy aircraft carriers, but it also includes foldable wingtip sections and tail control surfaces. The sections and surfaces, along with the F-35C’s larger wings, help the fighter jet realize better control and landings under low speeds than previous models were able to feature.


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    The Warbird That Dominates The Skies
    By J. Hardy, Feb 6, 2017

    Glass Cockpit
    Some other very advanced aircraft have pioneered what is known as the “glass cockpit.” As you may expect from what you’ve read so far, the F-35 pushes the envelope in this particular area, providing fighter pilots with a large, unified touch screen that displays helpful information. Best of all, the information shown on the screen can be easily changed by the pilot so that he or she can get exactly the information and intel that they need, while avoiding the rest.
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