The F-35 is combat ready for certain applications but not all application found within the War Fighters capable constructs at this time.
Looking from the front line fighters at hill Airbase Utah, or representing this first wing in the nation as "War Capable", come with strings attached with current capability.
· Can it go to war and deliver? Yes.
· It useful in any military operation? Yes.
· Can it beat adversarial combatants in dog fights at this point in its development? Possibly and maybe?
· Will it beat adversarial combatants without any conditional limits going forward? Yes It Will.
· Does it do everything Lockheed originally promised during the construction process? NO!
· Will it eventually achieve an Air Superiority profile during this concurrent period it has just entered? Yes it will gain the Air Superiority Profile against all adversaries currently in its respective works-in-process!
· What phase is the F-35 IOC? Phase one, with a new phase added every 24 months with updates, armament and pilot learning curve, as each added capability is applied.
The complainers’ corner:
· The ejection seat could cause death before this check list item was fixed since last year’s failure announcement!
· Block 3i is not block 3F and that will come by 2020.
· Wasn't there an engine fire?
· The computers did shut down during flight.
· The F-16 beats the F-35 version 2B whose systems were restricted during testing.
· It doesn't dog fight as well as 4th generation fighters.
· The F-35 was not built for dog fighting.
· Are all weapons systems are not available for the F-35 at this Current time. Yes, complainers are correct.
Having presented a few notes found in the press reports, it is clear that the F-35 coming out of only a Phase I or called IOC, which is a sound foundation for adding all additional promised capabilities, as it will gradually become Superior once pilots figure out its matured capability, which happens to be phase II for the F-35. How can we use the superior sensors interlocking with flying groups combating both land, air, and missile defense systems unless Phase II is accomplished?
The sum of all its flying parts is far superior to a fourth generation fighters capabilities. Those parts are just now being applied within the air frame where pilots must learn how to use the compliment of its systems available. Dog fighting is like the 10th century jousting of knights with armor, after which the F-35 goes forward into the 21st century with having the pleasure of shooting down that knight before it even knows the F-35 is even within a hundred miles distance. A new era has arrive where rules of engagement are being rewritten after each F-35 reaches an Airbase near your home. What has to be learned with the F-35 supersedes its current capability, and all outlooks from those flying them remain awesome within current aviators’ comments.