That said, the F-35 is not designed to be a visual dogfighter. It has dogfighting capabilities, but its main design principle is high situational awareness enabling kills from far away - seeing the enemy from long before it itself is seen.
That's fine - but the only issue there is what rules of engagement will it be forced to operate under? It's a little hard to maintain a bvr fight when you are forced to visually id someone. In today progressing world of stealth I also question that it will not later face opponents that can get in close before they are themselves detected.