[Photo] F-35 Integrated Test Force’s JSF in Formation with RAF Typhoons

A mixed F-35 Lightning II Eurofighter Typhoon formation could be more frequent in the future.

This image was taken on Apr. 4, 2014, near Edwards Air Force Base, California. It shows, an F-35 of the type’s Integrated Test Force flying in formation with two Eurofighter Typhoon jets of the Royal Air Force during an interoperability test.

A mixed formation of this kind, with the U.S. and Europe’s most advanced warplanes, is still quite rare, but it should be more frequent, at least in the UK and Italy, considered that both the Royal Air Force and the Italian Air Force are not only already flying the Typhoon, but have also plans to fly the F-35.

Actually, the future of the F-35 is a bit uncertain, at least in Italy: even if nothing has been decided yet, it’s hard to believe the current plan to buy 90 F-35 (from the initial 131 jets) to replace the aging fleet of Tornado IDS, AMX (Italian Air Force) and AV-8B+ (Italian Navy) will survive further cuts.

Image credit: Lockheed Martin

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  1. Really emphasizes the difference between 4th and 5th generation fighters. Can’t tell if the F-35 has internal weapons or no.

  2. Tell us, please..since you can clearly see the difference that lies between the AoA of the Typhoon and the JSF in the picture

  3. “but in a 1vs1 dogfight with Typhoon it doesn’t stand a chance”

    If you’re talking about real world scenarios – that’s quite a stretch.

    • He’s talking about Keyboard Warrior scenarios. Given that a Typhoon couldn’t outmaneuver an AIM-9X Block 2 any better than an F-35 could an ASRAAM, well, the advantage goes to who sees who first. A cookie to the first who guesses which that is likely to be.

      • I’ve talked about a “dogfight” not who sees first and who dodges the missile scenario
        what you’ve talked about might be more common and more of a real world scenario today, but keep that in mind that those insecty numbers also don’t apply to real world.
        If F35 is such demonstrating machine that no other fighter can intercept it, why do Americans sell them like cookies around the world
        And why didn’t they sell Raptor to anyone?
        Because much of their sayings about F35 are just propagandas and for selling them to other countries (as I said, it might be good multirole fighter (maybe as a replacement for F16) but it’s not that demonstrating machine that you’re talking about)

  4. The main difference between the two jets at the moment is that one works and the other one doesn’t. If war was to break out tomorrow, it would be the Typhoon that represented the bulk of NATO’s af capability along with the likes of F-18/F-16. Assuming the F-35 does turn out to be good, we’ll keep a combination of 4++ generation fighters with 5th gen. When it comes to energy the Typhoon cannot be beaten by the F-35 and the more energy you have on the jet, the more energy you have on the missiles. As you can see by this article, they plan to deploy both these jets in combination with each other in order to maximise their combat capabilities. One bit of good news for the F-35 is that MBDA plan to develop an internal version of the METEOR ram jet missile for the platform.

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