The Military Wants to Use F-35s to Shoot Down Nuclear Missiles


Hopefully we never have to test it with an actual nuke.

Dan Robitzski January 21st 2019

Pew Pew Pew!

The Pentagon recently announced that the F-35, the stealth fighter plane that President Trump seems to think is literally invisible, may soon be equipped with new weapons specifically intended to take down nuclear missiles.

As described in the Pentagon’s official Missile Defense Review from last Thursday, The anti-nuke F-35s would join other measures designed to disable and protect from intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) such as laser-equipped drones as well as orbital sensors that can spot and intercept ICBMs after they’ve been launched.

Okay But

It‘s far-fetched to imagine a fighter plane successfully shooting down a missile that travels, at its slowest, 6.5 kilometers per second. The pilot would need to already be near the site of the missile launch, know that it’s going to happen, and operate with a near-zero margin of error, according to Motherboard.

To borrow the words of the fictional character Zoë Washburne from the TV show “Firefly,” it would be like “like throwing a dart” and “hitting a bulls-eye 6,000 miles away.”

The Rub

Thankfully the Pentagon envisions anti-nuke F-35s as a complement, not a replacement, for existing nuclear defense systems. These proposed anti-ICBM F-35s mainly complicate what the F-35, first deployed in combat last Fall, is supposed to be.

As Motherboard points out, different branches of the military have different visions of what the F-35 should do, specifically catered to that branch’s needs. And now, apparently, it’s also supposed to stop any potential hostile nukes.

Source: futurism.com “The Military Wants to Use F-35s to Shoot Down Nuclear Missiles”

Note: This is futurism.com’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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23 Comments on “The Military Wants to Use F-35s to Shoot Down Nuclear Missiles”

  1. Yes, I sincerely hope the US will waste even more billions of dollars on stupid systems that dont work. Go ahead, make my day, or decade. The sooner the US goes bankrupt the safer the world will be.

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  2. Simon says:

    F-35 shooting down nuclear warheads must rank alongside the legendary feats of Kim Jong Un’s 11 “hole in one” in his first and only ever round of golf and Chuck Norris shooting down a German fighter plane with his finger by yelling “BANG” :)))))

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  3. Tam says:

    The problem here in your answer is that you do not understand modern networked warfare. China lacks this capability and you just cannot understand how this new manner of fighting works. Simply, F-35s and F-22s acting as nodes in a network and using networking capability can direct and guide weapons far in capability of the weapons they carry onboard. It has been tested and proven that the F-35 can direct and guide an Ageis standard missile launched from another source towards a target detected by a networked radar. This is powerful and a real game changer.

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    • Simon says:

      Considering the fastest yankee air ro air missiles can only fly no faster than mach 5 it has no hope of retroactively shoot down a missile travelling at mach 10 comming from space. The only chance a F-35 can shoot down a warhead from space is if it fires well in advance and hoping the warhead strikes it by accident.

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    • komonsense says:

      see reuters article “melting missiles.. there’s just one problem…” posted 13 hrs ago.
      your “real and powerful game changer” hasn’t gotten past the part where it works in reality, tammy

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      • komonsense says:

        specifically ,read the comments section. it makes your post look like a laugh and a half, little big man.

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        • MgG says:

          If you think networked warfare is a joke then convince China to launch a DF-21 or DF-26 so called ‘carrier killer’ at a US Navy carrier and watch the results. America dares you!

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          • Martian says:

            No, China dared USA to strike at DPRK after its numerous nuclear tests. Surely you have not forgotten the accusation of the so called Iraq WMD development the US used as an excuse for the illegal invasion. With DPRK there’s no speculation or guessing, but after China gave a severe warning of another Korean War the US chickened last minute. So what happened to this game changing network warfare capability the US possesses? If US is so mighty and experienced in modern warfare why afraid of showing the world how it defeats China and DPRK?

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            • Ex says:

              American made Israeli F-35s roam the skies of Syria and dominate Russian air defenses. Daily. Meanwhile PLAAF J-20s stay on the ground and allow British, Japanese, and American F-35s to rule the skies. What more needs to be said?

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          • johnleecan says:

            China doesn’t go around and shoot without provocation. Why don’t you convince the American military and government to invite and welcome China to hit their carrier battle groups so America can supposedly show how advance their military is. The same American military superpower that can’t win in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. The same American military superpower that lost the poorly equipped Chinese backed Korean and Vietnam wars and suggested to use nuclear weapons instead in the end because the Americans couldn’t take the shame of losing.

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  4. Steve says:

    Sounds like Pentagon is desperate and running out of options. F35s are inferior to F22s in air superiority combat. The f22s cannot be reconfigured, production line already closed. F35s the only option, but has no chance of getting close to China’s radar perimeters. Pentagon is pipe dreaming. Not long ago the f22s was locked by China’s quantum stealth radars in the North East region and the US pilots cannot understand how their planes was locked. As for laser drones, China’s lasers are ahead of the US.

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    • Tam says:

      What you need to be concerned with is the detection of J-20’s flying in Tibet by Indian SU-30MKI’s. It looks like the J-20 is not as stealthy as first claimed

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      • Simon says:

        Indian airforce has just lost a dogfights with Chinese trained Pakistani airforce.
        During peacetime operations the J-20 just like the F-22 and F-35 deliberately allows its elf to be detected to highlight its present. This is not unusual.

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      • komonsense says:

        the j20s penetrated s.korean airspace and returned undetected a few months ago, when the americunts were stirring up trouble in the e.china sea . it looks like it is more stealthy than first claimed.

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      • Steve says:

        Talking thru your Beetle backside … U and that Indian fighter pilot in his 30MKI are an embarrassment to the IAF. The J-20 wasn’t on stealth mode. Chinese fighter pilots were enjoying dogfighting with fellow pilots in their 4.5 gen jets to test each other’s capabilities near Tibet. All Chinese airforce pilots are required to Master at least 3 types of fighter jets including the J-10s. The J-20 has never been defeated by any other jets including the SU-35s. Since the J-20 is at home, air traffic must locate the J-20 with stealth mode off.

        So, beetle, don’t be too happy too overjoyed, find out facts about your IAF ignorance. The J-20s, on stealth mode, has been to Sth Korea for a joy ride without the Koreans knowing their air space has been penetrated and information gathered.

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      • Kwai Laan says:

        Stealth aircrafts on non mission flights like the F35 fly with radar reflectors called the Lundberg lens to avoid giving away their radar signature. Stealth aircrafts are actually low observable aircrafts and they can be detected with advanced radar. So exposing the radar signature is dangerous.
        Please qualify your statement. Did the Indian aircraft detected a J20 without radar reflectors?

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