What if Russia's Su-35 Went to War with America's F-35 Stealth Fighter?
It is highly unlikely that a U.S. Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) would assign an air superiority mission to an F-35 unit if alternatives were available. But given the tiny fleet of Raptors and dwindling F-15C fleet, it is possible that the JFACC could be forced to use the F-35 as an air superiority asset. However, that being said, the real threat to American air power in most regions around the world is not enemy air power—but rather advanced enemy integrated air defense systems.
Dave Majumdar is the defense editor for The National Interest. You can follow him on Twitter: @davemajumdar.
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This first appeared in 2015 and is being reposted due to reader interest.