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Thread: What is up with the F-35? Part II

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveDaPirate View Post
    That's why I think keeping Turkey on team NATO is more important than the question of whether or not to sell them the F-35. Russia doesn't have the industry to replicate the F-35 even if Lockheed sold them the blueprints and in 30 years, the F-35 will be upgraded so much that it's practically a different aircraft than what's flying today (see F-16 block evolution), but Turkey will still be an important ally due to it's control of the Bosporus, position relative to Russia, and influence in the Middle East.

    The F-35 was also designed for export from the outset, so the amount of information to be gleaned from examination by Russians visiting Istanbul is going to be limited. Additionally the most sensitive aspect of the F-35 (the software code) isn't accessible outside the United States even by our closest allies.
    absolutely agree to your arguments

    let's see how things go

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    35B flies off the QE for the first time
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    The RN has started tests on rolling landings:

    video article

    Anyone knows if the USMC is trying this as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlvfr View Post
    The RN has started tests on rolling landings:

    video article

    Anyone knows if the USMC is trying this as well?
    Not aboard the LHD’s and LHA’s. The deck space is too tight.
    They may also train to do the short rolling landings when embedded aboard the Royal Navy flat tops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surfgun View Post
    Not aboard the LHD’s and LHA’s. The deck space is too tight.
    They may also train to do the short rolling landings when embedded aboard the Royal Navy flat tops.
    ... not even with the smaller Harriers?... Pity.

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