"The genius of you Americans is that you make no clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them we are missing." - Gamal Abdel Nasser
"Although with the bay doors open, the F-35 generates vibration levels exceeding those against which the Amraam has been tested, “right now I don't have any indication this is an aircraft problem,” Wagner says. “Because the bay doors are open for only a very limited amount of time, . . . that short duration is significant, but it is not something that I am too worried about.”
"Wagner says the thermal and vibration analysis should be complete in the next 15 months"
The F-22 also has vibration issues with the AIM-120C that the AIM-120D apparently solves, so I think it's something unique to that version of the missile.
"In previous tests with the C-7 (the AIM-120C), measurements determined that vibration levels in certain frequencies were harmful to the missile's electronics, Mr. Besson said."
This source has F-35s firing internally carried AIM-120Cs BVR and taking HOBS shots with externally carried AIM-9Xs at drone targets since at least August of 2016.
I haven't heard anything about AMRAAM issues lately. Do you have a recent source?
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Gen Carlisle recommends accelerated F35 buy, early development of PCA, development of penetrating electronic attack, and equipping force with 5th gen weapons.
The 35 has configurable rails, just like the F-18s.
FYI , F-22s got AIM-9 capability this month.
Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?
F-35C Needs New Outer Wings To Carry AIM-9X
[QUOTE]The head of the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) says the outer wings of 32 carrier-based C-models need to be replaced to carry the Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder, the aircraft’s primary dogfighting weapon.
The U.S. Navy variant experienced an undisclosed amount of oscillation or turbulence during flight trials with the AIM-9X in December 2015, and Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan says aircraft already delivered need to be retrofitted with strengthened wings.
“It was discovered the outer, folding portion of the wing has inadequate structural strength to support the loads induced by pylons with AIM-9X missiles during maneuvers that cause buffet,” Bogdan says in written testimony to Congress on Feb. 16.
Engineers have already produced an enhanced outer wing design, which is now undergoing flight testing. The issue has impacted the timeline for fielding AIM-9X, which is being rolled out for the Navy in Block 3F. “Once the new design is verified to provide the require strength, the fix will be implemented in production and retrofitted to existing aircraft by swapping existing outer wings with the redesigned ones,” Bogdan writes.
The AIM-9X is the heat-seeking sidekick to the Raytheon AIM-120C advanced medium-range air-to-air missile. Without it, the F-35 would be incapable of high off-boresight shots at close range. Because of a seven-year schedule delay, the fifth-generation fighter will carry air superiority missiles that are one generation behind its legacy counterparts, which are already carrying the newest AIM-9X Block II and AIM-120D. [QUOTE]
Also from Aviation Week US Air force combat readiness F-22A 60% the F-35A 65%
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