This is F-35’s Weak Spot That Russian Radars Could Exploit

The Pentagon has billed the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as the most advanced multirole fighter in its arsenal, but the most expensive piece of military equipment ever made apparently has a weak spot that could make it visible to newest air defense systems developed in Russia and China.

“The F-35’s single Pratt & Whitey F135 engine – while immensely powerful, producing about 43,000 lbs of thrust – also runs extremely hot,” defense analyst Dave Majumdar wrote for the National Interest. “The Russians – who build excellent infrared sensors – could use the F-35’s thermal signature to develop a weapons quality track to engage the stealthy new jet.”

In fact, Russia is reported to have already developed a radar that is capable of tracking and intercepting the F-35. Known as the Podsolnukh (or Sunflower), it is a short-range over-the-horizon surface-wave system that has already been deployed in three areas across the country, covering the Sea of Okhotsk, the Sea of Japan and the Caspian Sea.

Other object-detection systems are apparently in the making.

“The Russians, especially, have been investing in long-wave networked radars operating in the UHF and VHF-bands for over two decades in their efforts to counter American stealth technology,” the analyst detailed.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has tried to present the F-35 in the most favorable light.

Full article: This is F-35’s Weak Spot That Russian Radars Could Exploit (Sputnik News)

One response to “This is F-35’s Weak Spot That Russian Radars Could Exploit

  1. Sputnik also reported
    “Non-Firing Guns & Killer Ejection Seats – UK Celebrates F-35 Fighter Jet”.
    They are right. only it’s the UK’s sheeple that are celebrting and NOT the enlightened who are still thinking and asking “and we got rid of the Harrier jump set because?”.