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« on: November 04, 2017, 05:26:07 PM »

A F-35 was either disabled by a bird or an old Soviet S-200 (SA-5) missile built in the 1960s. Israel says a bird and Syria says the 50 year old missile. Either ways, this is evidence that the $90 million dollar plane is overpriced and a very poor use of money.

Russian military doctrine calls for several S-500s to be used against the F-35 with many dozens of Pantsirs shot at the same time for as long as it takes to knock down the plane. Since the F-35 was taken out by either the bird or a single 50 year old missile from a third world country, it is doubtful it would last long against the stockpiles of modern Russian missiles.

On top of the missiles Russian would sent up modern attack aircraft.

Does anyone think the F-35 can avoid Russian defenses?

Even assuming the F-35I was the aircraft targeted over Lebanon, the chances of it being hit by an SA-5 are very slim, and the bird strike now being reported by the IAF supposedly occurred two weeks ago with the aircraft being grounded since awaiting a Lockheed team's inspection and subsequent advice on how to best repair it.
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2017, 06:00:13 PM »

Considering the F35 isn't even operational yet...  i highly doubt this story..
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2017, 07:54:29 PM »

Hi Zippy.

Any of us who are qualified to answer your question and work with or in systems effectiveness, are not allowed to.  Therefore, this thread must by definition devolve into fanboy vs. hater chatter from the un-briefed.

Recommend a close watch for early suspension; the Fence Check website lessons learned apply here.

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2017, 04:20:31 AM »

Yeah, let's put this one to be early. It's already really tired.

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