yes, yes there are other range numbers... like the one you conveniently bypassed in regards my purposeful reference to (northern) patrols/reconnaissance. What about that flight mode... that related range?
you've hit upon one of his expressed concerns... range. In regards the type of mode/flying for Northern patrols/reconnaissance, care to offer up those respective range numbers for each plane:
CF-18 => ???? km
F-35 => ???? km
Now of course, there are other range numbers, but for interception missions, this is the important one.
as for your emphasis on "combat range"... interception... we seem to have made out just fine with the CF-18 range in terms of the MacKay "rousting the Russian Bear" photo-ops, hey?