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Russian media erupted after the release of photos that seem to show a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet locked in the crosshairs of a Russian fighter jet.
Many defense experts believe a revamped fighter fleet with fifth-generation technology could have matched the F-35 at a fraction of the cost.
Tom Cruise on Thursday tweeted a teaser for the long-awaited sequel to "Top Gun" — and in doing so, he wandered into one of the most heated debates in modern combat aviation and delivered a savage burn to the F-35.
"We are looking seriously at a big order" of F-18s said Trump to applause from the crowd at Boeing, the company that builds the F-18.
"The question in my mind is how long does the stealth advantage last for us? How long does that give us a real advantage before it’s eroded?"
The F-35 and advanced versions of the F-18 Super Hornet are like apples and oranges — both good choices.
F-22 and F-35 pilot Lt. Col. Berke thoroughly contested the idea that fourth generation fighters could be upgraded to do what the F-35 does was "preposterous."
"For a fraction of the cost for F-35 development, we could have updated legacy aircraft and gotten a significant portion of the F-35 capabilities."
The video shows the Hornets smoothly launching off the highways and even landing with improvised arresting gear.