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Apart from the obvious “giving the SU-35s a bunch of kills”, how can the F-35s be used effectively?

They turn too slowly to reliably engage the SU-35s, and when they are hovering they aren't maneuverable enough to engage land units (engineers or armoured).

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The F-35, especially when equipped with Rocket Pods or Guided Missiles, makes an excellent mid-to-long range standoff weapons platform. Hover up from behind some obstruction or building, fire a volley at enemy ground forces, then hover back down. It is extremely vulnerable to anti-air assets, so proper utilization of ground cover and range (to outrun incoming missiles) is extremely important.

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Interesting. I'll give that a try. Thanks. –  David Wolever Dec 21 '11 at 18:03
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