View Full Version : F-35 Sensor System

11-13-2011, 07:42 AM
This is a short video on the new F-35 fighter's 360 sensor system.


Tony Ennis
11-13-2011, 08:50 AM
I wonder how well it actually works. And the likelihood we'll fight an opponent for which this technology will matter.

11-13-2011, 08:55 AM
Looks sweet... in the sales video ;) Having been a weapons system tech on fighter aircraft I can tell you that various 'cutting edge' systems are awesome... when they work.

11-13-2011, 08:58 AM
Never assume your opponent is any less well armed as you are, and always strive to use your best technology.
It doesn't eliminate suprises, but helps keep them managable.

besides which. I think this is a step along the way of haveing a pilot-less aircraft.

11-13-2011, 09:13 AM
Oh, and the MiG-29 had passive IR tracking for non-radar intercepts way back in the 80's so not all of this is brand spanking new. :rolleyes:

11-13-2011, 10:26 AM
It's not looking to good for the F-35 program right now. Orders are being cancelled and unit costs are going up fast. Projected cost is such that I won't be surprised to see the program scaled back dramatically which of course will raise unit cost even higher.

11-13-2011, 10:50 AM
I would think the system can be used on current aircraft. It sounds like a good idea, when it works as charlz said.