US warplanes, under the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, are incapable of escaping Russian and Chinese radars, a report says.
“The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter… is not, in fact, stealthy in the eyes of a growing number of Russian and Chinese radars,” the Aviation Week recently reported.
The report said the F-35 is not even effective in “jamming enemy radar.”
The US Department of Defense is spending “hundreds of billions of dollars” for a “fighter that will need the help of specialized jamming aircraft,” the Aviation Week stated in its report.
It said Russian armed forces have been equipped with a “highly counter-stealth radar system” – unveiled at an air show near Moscow in August 2013 – that is able to “track small targets.”
Production of the F-35 military aircraft has faced technical issues, cost overruns and delays.
Some experts say flaws in the F-35 fuel tank and fueldraulic systems have left it even more vulnerable to lightning strikes and other fire sources including enemy fire.