A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon flies below a KC-135 Stratotanker while being in-air refueled, June 29, 2014.

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That’s one of the reasons for the delays in the F-35.

So many sensors and getting them all to integrate with the VR/situational awareness systems and display what the pilot needs to see and be warned about.

Theres the built-in targeting pod, the radar, the cameras all around the airplane, the threat detection all around the airplane, the information from datalinks, the electronic warfare systems and I’m sure I’m missing one or two of them

All those feed into a system that gives the pilot the information they need, in as close to real time as can be done.

There’s been a bunch of talk about how the F-35 isn’t as maneuverable as an F-16, or the canopy doesn’t provide great over the shoulder visibility.

Well the damned F-35 can go past an enemy plane, the pilot can track the plane with the all aspect sensors and fire a Sidewinder/ASRAAM/Python 5 at the plane that’s trying to get into a position above/below/behind him and have the all aspect/off boresight heat seeker go “thataway” because of enhanced situational awareness the helmet and systems provide

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