- Dec 24, 2015
First of all with IR seeker. A bird as a F35 is all but stealth in IR wave lenghts. Even with 12tons of dry thrust it can supercruise, because it is shaped as a sugar piece : so the engine is used at a higher thrust (*) than another bird with the same load, and its skin is also slightly hotter.How will MICA take down stealth aircraft with its new seeker ? Please explain
And with AESA seeker, it is also something that can help to track a VLO.
The main difficulty is not the missile, it is how to find the VLO, because once it is found (thank to IR seeker on board, or low freq radars) it is dead.
Pratt & Whitney is arguing that its “Enhanced Engine Package” will solve what it believes is the F135’s main issue—thermal management.
“The problem statement, even though there’s no official requirement, it’s sort of derived, is around this cooling issue. … You would never in a million years put a new engine, brand-new engine, into an aircraft to solve the cooling issue,”