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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Sep 2018 11:41 a.m. PST

The Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are the only ship-based fixed-wing aircraft in the Middle East right now, and service leaders say the new jets are ready to handle any fight in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan they may be tasked with…


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 1:48 p.m. PST

That is bad news, given their 2017 operational readiness rates, and major issues.

Hope they've worked some of them out since then, but depending upon them for air cover seems to be rather dangerous, with only a 14% full operational readiness rate just last year.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 4:28 p.m. PST

That's probably why they're over there, to prove their ready. Even if they only fly a few missions they can announce that they're ready 14% is still more than 0%. Plus, they probably have worked out some of the problems. They wouldn't risk a black eye, they probably know what they're doing.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 1:31 a.m. PST

I hope so, but with numbers like that, I'm not so sure.

Seems to me to be more driven to prove they're working, than based upon readiness.

With numbers like that, it means you can put two birds in the air out of a whole squadron, which is pretty dismal.

Plus, why let enemies try to practice targeting them with long-wave radar?

Best to keep them at home, until they are really needed, in my personal opinion.

Dn Jackson13 Sep 2018 8:51 a.m. PST

First, I'm guessing they don't release actual operational readiness numbers. Second, I too would assume that the military isn't going to send aircraft into action that aren't ready. Finally:

"Best to keep them at home, until they are really needed, in my personal opinion."

This is an old conundrum. Do we use new equipment in a low level war? If so, we risk our opponents finding out what our stuff can do. If we don't, when something serious happens we send untried equipment into combat.

I say send them in. I'm reminded of the SB2 Dauntless. Prior to the US entering WWII we only held wargames and training exercises in good weather. The first time Navy pilots flew the Dauntless against the Japanese in less than ideal conditions, the windscreens fogged up. So they had to fly with the cockpit open in order to see where they were going when they started their attack runs.

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