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 Peter "MiGMan" Inglis submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Australian Defence Force Regional Air Superiority. | Comparison of F-111 and F-35

Peter "MiGMan" Inglis submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Australian Defence Force Regional Air Superiority.: Comparison of F-111 and F-35

  1. Table based comparison of the F-111 Aardvark, and itís proposed replacement, the F-35 JSF. The GREEN cells indicate a clear advantage on that parameter.
  2. Explanatory notes for the table.
F-111 F-35
F-35_02-100
1 Cost Already in budget Unknown
2 Maintenance Existing facilities, skills and budget Cost unknown
3 Spares Low cost, plentiful supply Cost unknown
4 Technology Owned Total technology transfer in doubt
5 Remaining life on airframe 30-40 years Unknown
6 Close Air support capability Good Good
7 Speed Supersonic Subsonic
8 Range Long Short
9 TFR
(Terrain F0llowing Radar)
Yes
Yes. Supersonic at 200 ft.
No
10 Payload Large Small
11 Low Level Deep Penetration Strikes TFR, speed at low level, avionics and 2 man crew, large payload. Able to outrun interceptors. No TFR, subsonic, 1 man crew, small payload. Unable to outrun current interceptors.
12 Electronic Warfare Excellent (EF-111) Unknown
13 Avionics: Air to Ground Good Presumably good.
14 Avionics: Air to Air Poor, but can be upgraded ???
15 Potential for upgrade to BVR intercept role Good Poor (short range and no supersonic sprint)
16 Dogfight Poor Poor
17 Networking ? Good
18 Stealth Poor without terrain masking
Good with terrain masking
Mid-range