WASHINGTON, (BM) – On November 19, the he Government Accounting Office [GAO], better known in Europe as the Court of Auditors, poured a “cold shower” on US military aircraft and “landed” political rhetoric over the years. BulgarianMilitary.com has a report from the Government Accounting Office [GAO] stating that 24 types of aircraft out of a total of 46 did not meet the annual set readiness.
The information is stressful, even frightening. According to GAO, in the period 2011-2019, of the entire American aviation, only three types of aircraft reached the average levels of annual readiness. These are the UH-1N Twin Huey helicopter, the EP-3E Aries II reconnaissance aircraft and the E-6B Mercury air command posts. The F-15E Strike Eagle is the best-performing fighter in all of American aviation, but it only achieves half its targets.
According to GAO, the data for the two strategic bombers of the US Air Force – B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit in the last nine years surveyed met only once the set standards. This dependence [once every nine years – ed.] Is applicable to all other types of aircraft falling under the common denominator of 24 types. Even more frightening is the situation among the B-1B bomber and the stealth fighter of the 5th generation F-22, which for the entire period of nine years have never reached the required level of combat readiness.
BulgarianMilitary.com reminded you that nearly two years ago, James Mathis, a former Secretary of Defense, warned of such a problem and even pointed out that the US Air Force and in particular the air equipment used must reach the level of combat readiness. at least 80%, which automatically means that it has never been close to this limit.
It turns out that the US military has lowered the requirements for a “successful aircraft”. That is why there is a term – “code one”, which means that an aircraft is considered successful if it can perform only one of its assigned missions, and not all.
The Government Accountability Office [GAO] also notes a paradoxical phenomenon – despite the inability of many aircraft types to cover average annual combat effectiveness, the cost of these aircraft has increased many times over.
The media in the United States has already responded to the appalling statistics provided by the report of the Government Accountability Office [GAO]. The Drive is titled “New report on U.S. military aircraft reliability is downright miserable.” At the same time, the Russian media did not miss the opportunity to play the role of the US Air Force, as RIA Novosti published an article entitled “We’re crying – the state of American aviation is terrible”.
BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that almost a year and a half ago another report came out concerning mainly the American F-35 fighter, which reported 13 problems related to the normal functioning of the fighter. Among these problems were the inability to reach supersonic speed, problems with landing radar, problems with the pilot’s helmet, problems with the fuselage and more.
What is happening with stealthy F-35? The Pentagon reported for a lot of tech-problems
The US stealth fighter F-35 has been one of the most commented military technology products in the last decade. It is capable of entering any air battle and has technologies that foreign military complexes would envy. Many countries would like to have an F-35 in service in their air force. However, in recent months, there has been increasing talk of problems with the construction and use of the F-35.
If this information came from Russia – we could safely disregard it and classify it as “fake news” or “Russian propaganda”. But this information comes from the Pentagon and US test pilots of the F-35 program, which is already a worrying fact. Just a few days ago [November 2019 – ed.], the Pentagon was complaining of damages and defects, which are already starting to happen frequently. According to military analysts at the Pentagon, the F-35 has for a long time not responded to the military capabilities set and the objectives for their implementation.
The source of this information is Bloomberg’s US edition and a statement by Robert Becler, responsible for US weapons testing. According to him, planes are failing more often than acceptable and maintenance costs are increasing significantly. Increasing support costs are cited by increasing threats from Russia and China, as well as from Islamic terrorist groups. At least such an explanation was given some time ago by US President Donald Trump.
In the middle of this year, even a secret report with 13 major problems of the F-35 was leaked, to which the US government apparently did not pay much attention. This report also came from the US and was published by us and the US edition of diffense news.
The 13 disadvantages include:
- Problems with information transfer. Many countries around the world and F-35 customers, complain about the fact that this information is not classified and is also obtained in the US, which prevents these countries from keeping their secrets.
- Problems with spare parts available. It turns out that what is supposed to exist in a warehouse as a spare part does not always exist at all, and results in the failure of flights or missions.
- The cabin of the F-35 is not properly constructed and leads to the so-called pilot barotrauma. This barotrauma causes pain in the ears and nose of the pilot.
- If the weather is cold, for example, minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit, the computer will make the wrong conclusion and report that the batteries are damaged, often resulting in interruption of missions.
- If the F-35 flies at supersonic speed, it causes extensive damage to the walls of the aircraft – blisters, cracks and damage to the wall integrity.
- After performing certain maneuvers, the F-35B and F-35C pilots are not always able to fully control the pitch, roll and yawn of the aircraft.
- If the F-35A and F-35B blow off a landing tire, the impact could also pull out both hydraulic lines and risk losing the aircraft.
- The specially designed helmet sometimes shows the so-called. “green glow” on the helmet monitor, which blurs the overall graphics and picture and causes problems both in piloting and landing.
- Optical sensors and night vision sights often render green streaks when the starlight is low.
- The specially designed sea or water search radar does not give an overall picture, but a very small part, which often makes it difficult for pilots to find and land on an aircraft carrier in the ocean.
- Lack of traction in the engines if the aircraft is flown vertically on a hot day. The difficult landing is dictated by the fact that the jet of air is not maintained at acceptable limits.
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