Neither the USA, nor Australia, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey are ready to lay flowers on the “grave” of the American fifth-generation fighter F-35 Lightning II, since the creation of this aircraft is a “successful commercial project”, says on the pages of the weekly “Zvezda” military expert Alexei Leonkov.
According to the author, this aircraft is plagued by several problems at once. In particular, the observer claims that stealth technology “does not really belong to the technical category, but to the budgetary and financial category.” “Each F-35 costs $ 100 million, and the entire procurement program, taking into account operating costs, pulls for $ 1.5 trillion,” the author recalls.
According to the observer, stealth technology “has proven useless against radars operating in the L-band (decimeter waves) and millimeter-wave (Ka-band).”
Thus, Leonkov reacted to the February publication of the American magazine Forbes, in which, in particular, it was argued that the talks by the US Air Force (Air Force) about the need to create new light fighters act as a “tacit admission” that the F-35 Lightning program II failed.
In January, Christopher Miller, while serving as US Secretary of Defense, called the F-35 Lightning II program a piece of crap.