Stealth’s problem: the F-35 is not able to fly for a long time at supersonic speed
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The lack of “marine” modification of F-35 fighters in the inability to prolonged flight at supersonic speeds is unlikely to be fixed, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defense News.
The F-35 version for the U.S. Navy and for the U.S. Marine Corps is not able to fly for a long time at supersonic speed, otherwise the plane may get damaged and lose invisibility to the enemy, Defense News reports.
“This issue was closed on December 17, 2019 with no further actions and concurrence from the U.S. services,” the F-35 JPO statement read. “The [deficiency report] was closed under the category of ‘no plan to correct,’ which is used by the F-35 team when the operator value provided by a complete fix does not justify the estimated cost of that fix.
It is noted that this problem may make it impossible to supersonic intercept the US Navy aircraft using modifications F-35C.
In the case of a prolonged flight at supersonic speed, potential damage can also be caused not only to the aircraft body and its skin, but also to many antennas located in the tail of the aircraft.
An analyst with the Hudson Institute for Strategic Studies Brian Clark noted that supersonic flight is not the main feature of the F-35, and the fighter is capable of flying at that speed.
“Supersonic flight is not a big feature of the F-35,” Clark said. “It’s capable of it, but when you talk to F-35 pilots, they’ll say they’d fly supersonic in such limited times and cases that — while having the ability is nice because you never know when you are going to need to run away from something very fast — it’s just not a main feature for their tactics.”
He added that in the event of a prolonged flight at supersonic F-35 can leave all kinds of traces that the enemy will track without problems.
Earlier it was reported that coronavirus had a serious impact on the aviation business of the American military-industrial corporation Lockheed Martin. Due to the pandemic, the production of F-35 fighters was at risk of disruption in schedule and supply disruption.
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