Originally Posted by Czin
On the topic, I have little faith in stealth technology, low pulse radar has already proven itself as capable of defeating the F-117 nighthawk, and with that secret out, it is only a matter of time before our current stealth technology is completely worthless.
The radar only caught the F-117 because they were flying in the same area at the same times everyday. They were ready for it and some people say that it was a blind-shot they did and got lucky. Shooting down the F-117 was so focused on so it can be used for propaganda. Only ONE was shot down, and it made hundreds of sorties... Not enough to make a dent in stealth aircraft reputation if you ask me.
I am under the impression the F-35 would be better at stealth than the F-117 anyways.
Stealth fighters really do have no equal imo. It is the fact it can go through radar coverage and it is hard to lock onto even when it is found. As much as maneuverability is important, I barely hear of anyone dodging a missile. The F-22 is made to have first strike capabilities. To kill the opponent long before it can get into dog-fighting range or at least have them dodging a missile, making them too busy to even try engaging the F-22.
I think too many people have the idea, that they are going to shoot through the radar coverage and go dog-fighting or something. Going behind radar coverage gives them the ability to find SAMs and send some Cruise missiles. The more SAMs you knock out, the less the coverage. That is actually how they did it in Desert Storm 2 invasion. They knocked the SAMs out just moments before sending planes to do air-strikes.