Isn't that an oxymoron?shark bait wrote: be a penetrating air superiority fighter.
- in the good old days there were interceptors (think of Mig-31) and air superiority fighters (think of Typhoon Tr1)
- then there is "offensive anti-air"...
Turkey wanted it for their own... turkey (of generation 5)shark bait wrote:The EJ200 has some performance headroom left to be exploited, so it probably could survive another generation.
Like was done with the F-35 by P&W?shark bait wrote: worth designing in some wiggle room into the new platform so a new engine could be added mid life
bobp wrote: built in Electronic Warfare modes, possibly the version the RAF is
I know nothing about that (there was hype by the RAF when they selected F-35, and dropped all they had - not v much - in the SEAD/DEAD armoury)
shark bait wrote:likely be an export only option, with the RAF and I think Italy pushing for an incremental upgrade over the 'Kuwait standard', which will include greater EW capabilities.
- hard to interpret, but Mk1 not much of an upgrade over the (v good) mechanically scanned, and moving dish plate, version?
- Mk 2 = Kuwait std as in 'Kuwait standard' just like the 1000 Abrams made in Egypt (some exported) are not quite the 'thing'... nor the '000s of T-72s that some 'stuppidos' bought for good money
- Mk 3? I have not seen anything at all about it, but the claims of "in service" many years ago; then 66 of the previous issue getting an order (and not the other way round?)... yeah, sure, we will swallow anything (Thick of It has a translation for that, after flip-flopping; why is it that I always go back to the Brexit? Well, that 'documentary' was made before Brexit became to be the 'Thing')