Australia’s Air Defence Future

Comparison of F-111 and F-35

Table based comparison of the F-111 Aardvark, and it’s proposed replacement, the F-35 JSF.
The GREEN cells indicate a clear advantage on that parameter.
ParamaterF-111F-35
 F-111F-35
Cost
Already in budget
Unknown
Maintenance
Existing facilities, skills and budget
Cost unknown
Spares
Low cost, plentiful supply
Cost unknown
Technology
Owned
Total technology transfer in doubt
Remaining life on airframe
30-40 years
Unknown
Close Air support capability
Good
Proven damage survivability
Twin engine
Good?
Battlefield damage survivability doubtful
Single engine
Speed
Supersonic
Subsonic
Range
Long
Short
TFR (Terrain Following Radar)
Yes
Supersonic at 200 ft and lower.

No
Payload
Large
Small
Low Level Deep Penetration Strikes
TFR
Supersonic
2 man crew
Large payload.
Able to outrun interceptors.
No TFR
Subsonic
1 man crew
Small payload
Unable to outrun current interceptors.
Electronic Warfare
Excellent
The EF-111 Raven already exists
Unknown
No EW version planned
Avionics: Air to Ground GoodPresumably good.
Avionics: Air to AirPoor, but can be upgraded Presumably good.
Potential for upgrade to BVR intercept role
Good
Long range
Large payload
Poor
Short range
Limited payload
DogfightPoorPoor
Networking?Good
StealthPoor without terrain masking
Good with terrain masking
Mid-range stealth claimed
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