Dear, fragile and obedient to the Russians: F-35, US fighter

Kirill Grishin

The four “best friends” of the United States – Russia, China, North Korea and Iran – allegedly can invade the software of the American F-35 fighter . And so that the plane can stop its flight ahead of schedule. Against the pilot’s will. This is according to the media. Congress can react in the usual way.

Concern as an integral part of the defense business. This feeling is expressed by important statesmen in uniform when someone threatens someone, some forces bypass others on the “military-political track”, and it also happens when some means of warfare can be seriously vulnerable. And outside forces are blamed for this. In our case, almost otherworldly. Because nothing can be proved here.

The US National Security Agency (NSA) is concerned about the ability of Russia , China and, to some extent, Iran and the DPRK to “land” US fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighters. And to do it without shells and bombs, without a single shot at all.

These countries have allegedly trained cybersecurity experts whose only task in wartime (or even peacetime) is to infiltrate American computer and network systems. Warships, F-35 fighters and other systems can be withdrawn from combat without firing a single shot at them, writes Popular Mechanics.

The division of the US Department of Defense expressed concern that more and more foreign cybercriminals are appearing in the world. Even the experienced American military, who spent 20 years in Afghanistan , did not face a high-tech enemy and cannot imagine how their military equipment would work without a computer, but opponents have the opportunity to use us when we do something wrong, says the head NSA Cyber ​​Security Management Rob Joyce.

Well, okay, they’ll hang everything on Russian, Chinese, North Korean and Iranian hackers. Blame them for all this. Moreover, it is unsubstantiated. New sanctions will be introduced against these four countries “best friends” of the United States. But all this does not solve the mass of technical problems of the F-35 itself.

The thirty-fifth engine often fails in the heat and does not provide enough thrust for a safe descent. Pilots literally throw their cars onto the runway or deck of a ship. This is fraught with complete destruction of the fuselage and even an explosion.

The F-35 ejection system also nerves the military: tests have shown that a pilot can easily break his cervical vertebrae if he weighs less than sixty kilograms.

And when the “thirty-fifth” flies with an angle of attack of more than twenty degrees, there is a high probability of losing control over the machine. According to the pilots, the fighter becomes very unstable and unpredictable. It is assumed that this is the result of bugs and glitches in software that requires urgent revision.

At the same time, the F-35 is quite seriously contracted. Some countries voluntarily-compulsory. In 2022, Lockheed Martin will supply 151-153 fighters instead of the planned 158-163 aircraft. 156 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2023. The Pentagon’s largest contractor is expected to deliver 133-139 fighters this year , Bloomberg reported .

Expensive, imperfect, and also dangerous in operation – how it was allowed to fly is generally incomprehensible. All of this, probably, explains that none of the NATO countries is particularly eager to buy such a military miracle of technology. Vulnerable and fragile, like a moth in the cold autumn wind.

Courtesy: (radio Sputnik)