Yay or Nay for weapons for the F-35?

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  1. Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) current and (b) future armaments in the UK inventory will be able to be used in the Joint Strike Fighter's (i) internal weapons bays and (ii) external pylons. [166271]
    Mr Dunne: The current weapons within the UK inventory that will be able to be used on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) are a combination of internal and external loads consisting of:
    Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM);
    Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM);
    Paveway IV.
    Future integration of weapons from the UK inventory is subject to negotiation and agreement with the F-35 programme.

    Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: 2 Sep 2013: Hansard Written Answers and Statements - TheyWorkForYou
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  2. It's past your bedtime and you've got school tomorrow so stop starting bone threads and bin your account here.
  3. Isn't one of the whole points of the F35 is that everything is internal?
  4. Is there a 'for but not with' moment coming up for weapons on the damned thing?
  5. "One of the whole points"


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  6. Not really, you can do either depending on the threat so:
    "uppity wog bashing" - hang everything bar the kitchen sink off it since they have no radar anyway
    "Day 1 ops against scary people" - internal only for maximum stealth and then starting hanging more stuff of the outside when/if you degrade their air defence
  7. If you think your enemy has weak air defences, then you carry weapons externally
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  8. Did we know this already? I did anyway.

    Why is there no anti ship weapon was the question, considering its flying off a big ship. FFS - you wasted a question.
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  9. Becvasue the question asks about "(a) current and (b) future armaments in the UK inventory" and there aren't any (fast) air launched anti-ship weapons in the inventory other than LGBs & no plans to get new ones.
    I suspect its cleared for a selection of US ones (eg harpoon) but we don't have them
  10. Perseus?
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  11. Isn't its a ship/sub-launched missile rather than air-launched?
  12. it is, but its also seen as the succesor to Storm Shadow.

    its interesting that the minister was unable to say that Brimstone, or indeed SPEAR Cap 3, would be integrated onto F-35.

    perhaps he 'mis-remembered'...
  13. as the us not the uk. they designed the plane
  14. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    does stormshadow fit inside?