That is the main point i was trying to make. And yeah AWACS do play a large role in both information and BVR engagements with datalink. WVR for a F-35 would be as simple as letting its AN/AAQ-37/High Boresight missiles do the work. While in BVR engagements even without a AWACS its stealth and its Barracuda EWS would give it the advantage. So maneuverability in a 5th gen environment while still needed is less effective.Im my opinion we can not only compare Aircraft by Aircraft, in Todays Air Warfare AWACS Support is playing an important Role and also the Capability to destroy enemy C&C Infrastructure is important. AWACS for example can copansate some disadvantages of an Aircraft when it lacks on Supercruise or TVC, that mean in BVR engagements F-16 can become a Deadly opponent for EF-2000 by using BVR Missiles guidet by Datalink. WVR Missiles with high Boresight Capability and TVC are also Capable of defeating the latest high manouverable Fighters in Dogfights.
In that Point I agree with you.