The US military named the main weapon against the Russians


The retired US Marine Corps officer Scott Cooper in an article for Defense News called the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet as the main deterrent against Moscow and Beijing.


Congress recognizes the F-35 is the cornerstone of the great-power competition we face as a nation

Cooper noted, drawing on the 2018 US National Defense Strategy for his findings.

He also believes that in order to increase its combat potential, the US military must increase the number of stealth fighters and strategic bombers that could effectively overcome the air defenses of a potential enemy.

However, opinions about the F-35 among US military analysts vary. For example, the former acting head of the United States defense department, Christopher Miller, called this fifth generation fighter "a piece ...". According to Popular Mechanics experts, the US armed forces and their allies are "on the hook" because of the high price of the F-35, which reaches $ 117 million per plane, and also because of the cost of a flight hour of this fighter - $ 44 thousand. and large spending on the modernization of old combat vehicles.

Earlier, a report from the Pentagon's test department reported approximately 900 defects in the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II. The head of the test corps of the program, Robert Behler, noted that the plane was accepted into the US armed forces, having 941 flaws in stock. To date, there are 871 such defects. Most of the malfunctions are related to the onboard hardware and software of the fighter.
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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 25 January 2021 17: 07
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    Retired United States Marine Corps Officer
    former acting head of defense

    Shall we discuss the opinion of all pensioners or what? These are their gatherings on the blockade.
    The fighters recalled days gone by
    And the battles that they fought together.
    1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
      Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 25 January 2021 17: 25
      0
      Right. All yusa and yusa, but old experts in the news.
      Somehow the media printed the price of new issues of Mirages, F16, etc.
      And 117 (all the more so) F35 is not so expensive.
      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 25 January 2021 17: 49
        +1
        Somehow the media printed the price of new issues of Mirages, F16, etc.
        And 117 (all the more so) F35 is not so expensive.

        Didn't delve into the prices, obviously it strongly depends on the volume of the series. The Indians did not master the French "low-budget", they did not have enough money.
        Reminded an anecdote. Man, how much is chicken? 10 thousand. Why is it so expensive? The money is very necessary.
        1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
          Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 25 January 2021 22: 50
          0
          So capitalism is in the yard. The anectode came true long ago.

          Duc, even a cheap SU57 (as for wooden ones), was 30+, now 50+ million bucks. No clear bundle.
          And the dollar F35 - up to 117. and maybe 100, and 90, and 80. Tolley to the Poles, roofing felts to someone over 80 gave, wrote.
          And they have already given away a lot. It means, inexpensive, since the demand.
          1. 123 Offline 123
            123 (123) 25 January 2021 23: 04
            +4
            Duc, even a cheap SU57 (as for wooden ones), was 30+, now 50+ million bucks. No clear bundle.
            And the dollar F35 - up to 117. and 100 can be, and 90, and 80.

            The closest analogue of the Su-57 is the F-22, it is more reasonable to compare from it. The F-35 is a slightly different aircraft. The rise in the cost of aircraft with each next generation is a worldwide trend. Planes are more expensive and fewer in number.
            1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
              Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 26 January 2021 06: 17
              0
              You see - that anecdote has come true
          2. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
            sgrabik (Sergei) 26 January 2021 16: 08
            +1
            The F-35 has many configurations, it is clear that the Americans will leave the most complete and combat-ready configuration for their Air Force, and I will supply all their satellites with aircraft with greatly reduced capabilities, such semi-finished products for export, the Poles will definitely get such a stripped-down version of the F-35.
  2. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
    Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 25 January 2021 18: 01
    -5
    Old man, no need to judge harshly, the main weapon against the Russians THE RUSSIANS themselves!
    1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 25 January 2021 18: 52
      +1
      Only on condition that Ukrainians were registered as Russians. These will not miss a single opposition rally. They jump for the race.
      1. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
        Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 25 January 2021 20: 05
        -3
        Yes, things are really bad in Russia, since Ukrainians are already registered as Russians, but Russia hold on!
        1. 123 Offline 123
          123 (123) 26 January 2021 18: 05
          +1
          Yes, things are really bad in Russia, since Ukrainians are already registered as Russians, but Russia hold on!

          It is not possible to draw the border between Russians and Ukrainians, everything has long been mixed up. In your case and others like that, I mean the way of thinking. It doesn't matter where you are now. Always carry your pot with you.
          By the way, you are so-so at mimicking a Russian. No. Periodically pierces, start to write something like "you are in Russia" you are there and something like that. Not literally, of course, but I guess the meaning is clear. In general ... your forelock is unstuck wink
          1. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
            Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 26 January 2021 18: 45
            -3
            So I only wrote that the main enemy of the Russians, the Russians themselves. I wanted to say that very often, without real achievements, they begin to come up with some “unprecedented achievements.” You know, it's no longer funny when, like small children playing in the sandbox, they begin to say: bad, when Ukrainians, Americans and Europeans run out, who will be to blame? Maybe it's time to either show real achievements, or stop like in Krylov's fable: do not blame the mirror, since the face is crooked?
  3. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 25 January 2021 21: 58
    +3
    The main weapon against the Russians is treason. And this has been practiced for centuries.
  4. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 26 January 2021 14: 02
    0
    Somehow they didn't really scare you ... In the event of a conflict, the Air Force base is a priority target, sort of? And what takes off from there will not sit back, in theory. What will happen in practice? - Yes, FIG knows, Comrade Major.
    1. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
      Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 26 January 2021 18: 47
      -1
      And there is still something left to take off?