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Fifth-generation platforms do not equate to fifth-generation capability: RAAF

12th February 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


Despite the technological leap that fifth-generation military capabilities can bring to the modern battlespace, potential countermeasures to individual platforms ensure that a networked approach is required to bring about the required effect.

According to the RAAF, an example of this can be seen with the F-35 multirole fighter which, despite its lauded fifth-generation capabilities, could be vulnerable to existing technologies that are being adapted for the changing operating environment.

‘The F-35 as it exists today won’t provide the fifth-generation advantage. The reality is that technology is advancing quicker, there are already radars out there that might compromise the F-35’s characteristics,’

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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