The F-35 is to be a 'jack-of-all-trades' kind of fighter. Like the F-16 is today. There is nothing wrong with being such. The world advances more because of the many 'jack-of-all-trades' engineers than from the few master engineers who specialized in one thing. The issue is the bar on each of those trades.Thanks for the explanation.
One more thing, if you don't mind.
When ready, to what fighters will the JSF be comparable technically? Be it Existing ones or the ones under development.
For example, we want a fighter that can carry a load like the B-52, accelerate like the F-15, sustains turns like the F-16, long range like a tanker, and take-off vertically like a Harrier.
Pretty much a dream, correct?
So what we do is design a fighter that can do all of those things to some degrees. Then we design the next generation of 'jack-of-all-trades' to do those things to some higher degrees. And so on...