World Bulletin / News Desk
Senior aerospace analyst for at Aviation Week, Bill Sweetman, has claimed that the U.S. is winding down its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter warplanes, which has been plagued with a number of technical problems, after it was found that it was easily detected by Chinese and Russian radars.
“The F-35 is susceptible to detection by radars operating in the VHF bands of the spectrum,” Sweetman was quoted saying in the World Tribune.
“The fighter’s jamming is mostly confined to the X-band, in the sector covered by its APG-81 radar. These are not criticisms of the program but the result of choices by the customer, the Pentagon,” he added.
In his analysis in Aviation Week and the Daily Beast on Monday, Sweetman claimed that the U.S. airforce would have to use a special electronic warfare aircraft to protect JSF from being detected, as its own radar jamming systems were flawed.
Sweetman also added that the Pentagon had long known that the jet was easily picked up by VHF radars.
This revelation comes as a blow to Turkey and Israel, the only two countries that agreed to procure the F-35 fighter jets, with Israel planning to acquire 19 by the end of the decade.Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2014, 12:21