F-35’s DISTRIBUTED APERTURE SYSTEM & APG-81 RADAR DETECTS & TRACKS BALLISTIC MISSILES
What an amazing capability serious growth potential, not just in the F-35 but in other manned and unmanned platforms as well!
NEW WEAPON FOR F-35 MAY BE THE BEST YET
MBDA is working on a guided munition known as the SPEAR (Selective Precision Effects At Range) Missile that is roughly analogous to a jet powered Block II Small Diameter Bomb (SBD) with a little less boom. Spear will have a range of over 50 miles and will be able to get too its target much faster (high subsonic speed) than its glide weapon counterparts. This is a huge advantage for F-35s performing destruction of enemy air defenses (DEAD) operations as threatening emitters can be destroyed much quicker than with an SBD, thus increasing the F-35 survivability as well as that of other threatened aircraft in the area of operations. It seems as if MBDA is going for maximum flexibility with its new munition as SPEAR will feature a multi-mode seeker as well as a GPS and INS navigation system. On top of all that the missile will also sport a two-way datalink so that its flight path can be updated in real-time from the launching aircraft, which is especially useful for striking moving targets at long range or re-targeting the missile completely after launch. What this all amounts to is a weapon that can attack many types of targets in many types of ways. Maximum flexibility in a small and lethal package.
8 SPEAR missiles and two beyond visual range air to air missiles will be able to be carried in the bays of a single F-35. The weapon can and should be migrated to many other platforms including fighters, bombers and attack helicopters.
THE HARPER GOVERNMENT IN CANADA TRIES TO DOUSE F-35 HEAT WITHOUT SUCCESS
The probe into the Harper Government’s hard push to buy F-35s, seemingly at any cost, will not cease to their dismay and hearings will resume again in September. You better believe that other officials who are close to their own F-35 procurement programs in JSF partner nations are watching these events with very keen eyes…
COOL VIDEO: LIGHTNING STRIKES AT NIGHT!