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This needs to be cleared up: the Javelin’s FM is horrendously broken, but it is NOT meant to compete with the new supersonic fighters

warthunder 2 - This needs to be cleared up: the Javelin's FM is horrendously broken, but it is NOT meant to compete with the new supersonic fighters

I'm expecting many downvotes for this but it needs to be said.

The subreddit lately has been going around parading that the Javelin should be UK's answer to the MIG, but this is not true at all.

First off, the Javelin cannot go supersonic under normal conditions. It has only gone supersonic once, by accident, while flying at an extremely high altitude with little air resistance, in a dive due to the emergency situation, and probably resulted in massive air frame strain. The fact is that this plane was simply not meant to fly at supersonic speeds. Gloster didn't feel supersonic aviation was necessary, going so far as to completely ruling out a supersonic variant of the plane.

Secondly, the Javelin was not able to compete anywhere near in maneuvering to its supersonic counterparts. Although the delta wing design was supposed to make it nimble, true delta wings were extremely sluggish in practice because the wings created massive drag when turning. It wouldn't even hold up a fight against Sabres produced years earlier.

I am in full agreement the Javelin is worse than it needs to be, but it seems like people want it to be a MIG and F100 competitor, which it is not and was never intended to be. This plane was a piece of shit compared to the competition. Could Gaijin have given us a better plane for this update? Probably.

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