The STOVL Variant of Joint Strike Fighter: Are Its' Tactical Compromises Warranted?
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The Marine variant of the Joint Strike Fighter JSF will be a Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing STOVL fixed wing fighter attack platform that will make significant tactical compromises in order to maintain the Marine Corps unique expeditionary force capabilities. These tactical compromises are necessary to ensure that future Marine Air Ground Task Force MAGTF possess an organic sea-based fighter attack platform capable of providing fires in support of future expeditionary operations. The Marine Corps requires it to possess low observable STOVL airframe that will support the unique structure of Marine Corp expeditionary forces. In order for the STOVL JSF to meet the thrust-to-weight requirements of operating from an amphibious ship, its armament and payload capabilities have been decreased.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft