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Sunday, March 10, 2013

The F-35 disaster: Even training missions can't be performed safely

We should all praise the Obama administration for canceling the F-22, because after all, the F-35 is just raring to go. The only problem is that it cannot safely go anywhere.
In a leaked memo reported by the RT news agency, a Pentagon official prefaces a report on the F-35 by cautioning that even training missions cannot be safely performed on board the aircraft at this time.

“The training management system lags in development compared to the rest of the Integrated Training Center and does not yet have all planned functionality,” the report reads in part.

“The out-of-cockpit visibility in the F-35A is less than other Air Force fighter aircraft,” one excerpt reads.

Elsewhere, the report includes quotes from pilots commenting after test missions onboard the aircraft:

“The head rest is too large and will impede aft (rear) visibility and survivability during surface and air engagements,” said one. “Aft visibility will get the pilot gunned (down) every time” in dogfights, remarked another.

“Aft visibility could turn out to be a significant problem for all F-35 pilots in the future,” the Pentagon admits.

In one chart included in the report, the Pentagon says there are eight crucial flaws with the aircraft that have raises serious red flags within the Department of Defense.

And the impact?

That high price tag has given several countries cold feet about the jet. Last week, Canada pulled out of a deal to buy 65 F-35s over fears that the aircraft could be too expensive to run. Italy reduced its purchase to 90 F-35s from an initial 131, and even the US has delayed some of its purchases.
The F-35 is called the Joint Strike Fighter because several countries are involved in its development. Canada and Italy are two of them.

Israel has ordered 25 of the jets. One has to wonder why (except for the fact that we are required to spend most of the military aid that we receive from the US in the US and the F-22 is no longer available).

What could go wrong?

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At 11:24 PM, Blogger Findalis said...

Obama cancelled the F-22 because Israel wanted it badly and saddled Israel with the F-35, a turkey of a plane.

I suggest you cancel your orders for the F-35 and order the Russian T-50. A good plane in the hands of a skilled pilot. Could you imagine Obama's face if told that by Bibi?

At 8:06 AM, Blogger dwave said...

Delays and initial problems are to be expected when introducing a next generation fighter jet. For example, the F-16 was riddled with problems, epecially the onboard weapons systems.

As long as the manufacturer offers a program for retrofitting and upgrading it will improve over time.

@FindalisRussian aircraft? Are you joking? Sukhoi just botched the introduction of the Superjet 100 after two of them crashed, for reasons yet unknown.

At 2:06 PM, Blogger Cruel adonorem said...

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At 2:08 PM, Blogger Cruel adonorem said...

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