“Only 873 defects”: Germans on F-35 fighter


Operators faced numerous flaws in the F-35 multi-functional fighter-bomber. About this writes the German aviation publication Flug Revue. Today, this combat aircraft is in service with the US Air Force, Japan, Britain, Israel, Denmark, Belgium, Italy and other countries.


Robert Beler, Director of Testing and technical Pentagon assessment, responsible for testing and certification of new military equipment, said about 873 defects that occur in the design and electronic systems F-35. His 14-page report contains a detailed description of various kinds of flaws. Among the most serious technical problems are the following:

- flaws (over 4700) in the ALIS autonomous data transmission system - the pride of Lockheed Martin Corporation, the manufacturer of the F-35. This system is a kind of "core" of the entire electronic filling of the aircraft and provides, inter alia, communication with other combat units during any operations.

- static tests of the deck F-35B showed unsatisfactory results and should be continued.

- power structures of the airframe should be made by laser cutting of metal, to increase the strength and wear resistance of the fighter.

- cracks appear on the case, near the exit of the aircraft gun. In addition, there are questions to the accuracy of the gun itself.

- The cyber security of the fighter should be enhanced.

- F-35 maintenance costs remain high, although earlier they were expected to decrease.

Thus, the report indicates, more work remains to be done to improve the technical characteristics of the F-35, its software, as well as expand the range of weapons used.
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  1. Sapsan136 Offline
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 13 May 2020 10: 00
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    Recently in the USA, in the first flight, a new modification of the F-18 has risen. Apparently, the Yankees also understand that the F-35 program, which they hastened to launch in the series, failed, or suggest that it might completely fail and the F-35 program will have to be rolled back. Therefore, they begin to release new versions of the time-tested F-18, F-16, F-15 ...
    1. Kristallovich Offline
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 13 May 2020 10: 07
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      Recently in the USA, in the first flight, a new modification of the F-18 has risen.

      Has not risen yet. Just rolled out ...
      1. Sapsan136 Offline
        Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 13 May 2020 10: 48
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        I read somewhere about the beginning of flight tests, but it doesn’t matter. It is important to create new models of old aircraft and their causes. And the creation of the new F-18 model speaks of very serious problems with the F-35 program and the likelihood that the F-35 program can be completely collapsed.
        1. Kristallovich Offline
          Kristallovich (Ruslan) 13 May 2020 10: 59
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          Having stopped purchasing F-35s for their Air Force, the Americans instantly lose export contracts. Do not forget about it.
          1. Sapsan136 Offline
            Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 13 May 2020 12: 34
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            This is understandable, but by exporting raw F-35, the United States is also losing the market and self-confidence, as well as suppliers and manufacturers. Therefore, they begin to build new modifications of previous models, such as the F-18 and offer them for export (new F-16 models). Yes, and you can’t arm your own air forces with flying coffins only, North Korea will dare and start shooting down the Yankees in local conflicts, like snipes, and then the country's prestige and fear of the Yankees will shake even in the eyes of the last wild cannibals living somewhere in the jungle.
        2. Cyril Offline
          Cyril (Kirill) 13 May 2020 14: 48
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          That is, according to your logic, the purchase of the Su-35 indicates serious problems with the Su-57 and the likelihood of curtailing this program?
          1. alexneg13 Offline
            alexneg13 (Alexander) 14 May 2020 22: 45
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            Su-35 is a replacement for Su-27, and Su 57 is a control complex in combination with other aircraft. Su-57s have already been marked 2 times in Syria in real combat conditions, and the Fu-35 has never shown itself as a combat unit. Only in advertising the Fu-35 is the most-most superman. Nobody sees him, because nafig nobody needs. And in the zone of visibility, that Fu-35, that Fu-22 - somehow bench press, because immediately they will be reminded of "flying to the moon" on a foil machine.
            1. Cyril Offline
              Cyril (Kirill) 14 May 2020 23: 02
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              Su-35 is a replacement for Su-27, and Su 57 is a control complex in combination with other aircraft.

              So the F-35 is the same.

              Su-57s have already been marked 2 times in Syria in real combat conditions, and the Fu-35 has never shown itself as a combat unit.

              F-35 was also used in combat conditions. Both Americans and Israelis.

              Nobody sees him, because nafig nobody needs.

              Yes, yes, yes, a lot of countries buy it))

              And in the zone of visibility, that Fu-35, that Fu-22 - somehow bench press

              That is, in Syria there is no zone of visibility?) Because there they were used by both Americans and Israelis.

              they will immediately be reminded of "flying to the moon" on a foil machine.

              Oh, another "lunar conspirator." Not the Apollo foil were, but your hat.
              1. alexneg13 Offline
                alexneg13 (Alexander) 15 May 2020 00: 19
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                The fact that the shelling comes from someone else's territory does not yet say that no one sees them. These Jewish fakes about using the Fu-35 in Syria only work for ukrov. And who saw? Where is your evidence? You can only hide behind civilian planes and make shelling from the territory of neighboring states in a country that is bleeding. Also proud of it. In a word, jackal tactics. These stealth is not visible only to American and Israeli radars.
                1. Cyril Offline
                  Cyril (Kirill) 15 May 2020 00: 33
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                  These Jewish fakes about using the Fu-35 in Syria only work for ukrov.

                  You can only hide behind civilian planes and make shelling from the territory of neighboring states around the country bleeding.

                  Wow, how many emotions and pathos))
              2. rotkiv04 Offline
                rotkiv04 (Victor) 20 May 2020 19: 44
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                It seems that you are in a hat from a saucepan, this is what kind of military operations the F-35 participated in, just do not tell about Jewish maneuvers from your territory.
                1. Cyril Offline
                  Cyril (Kirill) 20 May 2020 19: 57
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                  For the first time in a combat situation, to attack targets in Syria, the F-35 was used by the Israel Defense Forces in May 2018. In 2019, Israel continued to strike with the F-35.

                  On September 27, 2018, the press reported that the U.S. ILC was the first to strike with F-35B aircraft at Taliban positions in Afghanistan. "More than 100 sorties" were reported to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria during the deployment of the UXP LHD-2 Essex universal landing ship in the region.

                  On April 15, 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the first deployment of the U.S. Air Force F-35A fighters from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings in the Middle East. Airplanes were deployed at the US air base in Al Dafra, UAE. On April 26, they began combat patrol flights, and on April 30, one of the vehicles launched an airstrike on the JDAM family with an adjustable air bomb on the DAISH militants tunnel with an ammunition depot near Wadi Ashai, Iraq.

                  The U.S. Air Force first used the F-35A in combat on April 30, 2019. 2 aircraft made an air strike in Operation Unshakable Determination to destroy the tunnel network in Hamrin used by the IS to store and transport weapons

                  Easy enough this information is located. Are you having trouble using search engines?
          2. Sapsan136 Offline
            Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 15 May 2020 11: 28
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            Not certainly in that way. A number of on-board systems designed for the Su-35 are being worked out on the Su-57 and at the same time, these systems are being introduced into the troops, pilots are trained to work on them. The Su-57 has one significant problem - the unavailability of a new engine, with which the machine will begin to fly at supersonic sound in afterburner mode. The motor is already there, but it is still damp, tested and brought to mind. Although, as for me, a certain batch of 57s could be put into the troops with the existing engine, with the possibility of replacing it with a new, promising one, already in the army. This would be nice for a phased acquaintance with the new aircraft of the flight and technical personnel of the bases of the Russian Air Force.
  2. King3214 Offline
    King3214 (Sergius) 13 May 2020 10: 24
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    And where is "corruption and crooked hands"?
    What do they usually write in case of problems in Russian airplanes?
  3. radiootdel4 Offline
    radiootdel4 (Vladimir) 13 May 2020 11: 39
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    Only 873 defects

    - and letak is good.
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 13 May 2020 13: 05
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    And already for 800 ....
    Although these "DEFECTS" do not interfere with flying. To do too - they are already for 500 pcs.
    And they are strange, however - "should be made by laser cutting of metal", "should be increased," etc.
    So I want to forgive all my debts ....

    The past 600 "shortcomings", one must think, have already been fixed, they are not in this list .....

    In general, another owl on the globe ....
  5. 69 Offline
    69 13 May 2020 13: 09
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    Fritz probably all the rivets counted. Maybe the rivets are not as beautiful as on the BMW, but they are reliable.
  6. Host Tavern Offline
    Host Tavern (Daniel) 13 May 2020 13: 58
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    It’s easier to make a new one than to finish the F-35.
  7. Binder Offline
    Binder (Miron) 14 May 2020 05: 23
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    Russian gentlemen, we ask you to envy in silence and be proud of your loud, unparalleled Su-57, which generally does not exist in nature. laughing
    1. rotkiv04 Offline
      rotkiv04 (Victor) 20 May 2020 19: 47
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      Panet ukrobanderovets, you better worry about your letak.