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    Bash the F-35 thred.

    Howdy doody folks. I'm not an engineer, but I do do a lot of open source research and I stumbled across something that looks to circumstantially confirm a suspicion I've had for a while. It all started with an image, Fig. 1. I came across it googling stuff about the AFTI/F-16. Squint reading lead me to believe it was describing how the F-35's flight control systems descend from AFTI/F-16's. But it was stuck behind a paywall. So I did some more digging... (Fig 1.) source https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/6.2018-3368 Lockmart came to the rescue, hosting the document for free, for some reason. https://www.lockheedmartin.com/content/dam/lockheed-martin/eo/documents/webt/F-35_Air_Vehicle_Technology_Overview.pdf Here's the image in a size you can read: Now, why is this interesting. After a quick skim it occurred to me that the description was of all the infrastructure to take advantage of a DFCS, excepting the computer inputs. There was no substantial mention of AFTI/F-16's DFCS in the paper, which seemed a little weird because that's what it's known for. So, this leads me to a circumstantial conclusion: The F-35 is quite possibly either already, or may potentially be capable of functioning with decoupled flight controls. What's that mean? I'll let NASA explain. https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19840012524.pdf More reading on DFCS at http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a135870.pdf EDIT: by chance stumbled across this on the NMUSAF's website
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    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    @LoooSeR thanks for the detailed run-down! I'll do my best to be a little more on the ball next time!
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    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    @Zyklon some notes: (I was the designer of Mahan's light, he did a chunk of the engineering work and buggered the formatting) I'm fairly sure I mentioned that the Recoilless Rifles are mainly to provide direct HE / Cannister / APERS fire support, with only a secondary HEAT capability, to offset the lackluster HE performance of the primary armament. While I can't see a technical problem with mounting NLM's or another design of ATGM, I wasn't sure of how to indicate this within the competition. In addition I'm not sure how the practical difference works out between reloading recoilless rifles and ATGMs. @LoooSeR and @Jeeps_Guns_Tanks I'd love to hear your feedback as well, I'm not sure what went wrong, per-se? I realize it's a little naive to expect to win on the first go-round but yeah, onwards and upwards!
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