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America's F-35 Stealth Fighter: The Ultimate Missile Killer?

America's F-35 Stealth Fighter: The Ultimate Missile Killer?The Pentagon wants to add F-35 stealth fighters to America's missile shield. But to have any chance at shooting down ballistic missiles, the F-35 might need a new weapon.



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F-22 vs. F-35: Which Stealth Fighter Wins in a Shootout?

F-22 vs. F-35: Which Stealth Fighter Wins in a Shootout?The U.S. Air Force’s original plan was for the F-22 to be its high-end air superiority fighter while the F-35 was designed to be primarily an air-to-ground strike aircraft, but one which could defend itself.



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Introducing the X-32 Stealth Fighter (The Plane That Could Have Replaced the F-35)

Introducing the X-32 Stealth Fighter (The Plane That Could Have Replaced the F-35)So what happenned? 



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Nearly 10 Percent of America's Stealth F-22 Raptors are Damaged. Here's Why.

Nearly 10 Percent of America's Stealth F-22 Raptors are Damaged. Here's Why.One reason: a hurricane. 



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Th Air Force Plans to Arm Stealth F-22s and F-35s with the Ultimate Weapon

Th Air Force Plans to Arm Stealth F-22s and F-35s with the Ultimate WeaponThe Air Force and DARPA are now testing new hardware and software configured to enable 4th-Generation aircraft to command drones from the cockpit in the air, bringing new levels of autonomy, more attack options and a host of new reconnaissance advantages to air warfare.



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First F-35 crash occurs on same day stealth jet lands on British carrier

First F-35 crash occurs on same day stealth jet lands on British carrierThe US military has announced an F-35B Lightning II stealth jet has crashed, the first such loss to the programme. The US Marine Corps said the plane came down near Beaufort, South Carolina, on Friday. The American pilot safely ejected and was evaluated by medical personnel. There were no civilian casualties. An investigation into the crash was launched although the fleet was not grounded, suggesting the cause was not thought to be a fundamental design or safety flaw. Britain has said it will buy 138 F-35B jets, the same variant as the one that crashed, and has committed money for the first 48. The crash occurred on the same day as the Ministry of Defence announced the first F-35B jets had landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth, marking Britain’s return to carrier strike operations. An MoD spokesman told the Telegraph the UK was not looking to ground its fleet of F-35 aircraft, but that the Aviation Safety Authority would keep that decision under review. An F-35B Lightning II jet on the flight deck of the UK's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth after making one of the first ever vertical landings. September 25 2018.   Credit: Lockheed Martin/MoD/Crown copyright/PA The 17-year F-35 programme has been widely criticised for cost and combat effectiveness. Of the three aircraft variants, the ‘B’ model is designed for vertical take-off and landing. The engineering constraints necessary for such manoeuvres reduces the room for weapons and fuel. However, both the US Marine Corps and the British government decided the flexibility afforded by vertical lift, combined with shorter – and therefore cheaper – aircraft carriers, meant the ‘B’ model was the preferred option. On Friday Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for the F-35 programme, announced a deal with the US government for an additional 141 jets had reduced the unit cost of future purchases across all variants. As a result, the next batch of British F-35B aircraft will be reduced in cost by 5.7 per cent to $ 115.5 million (£88.6 million) per airframe.   Vice Admiral Mat Winter, the F-35 programme executive officer, said: “driving down cost is critical to the success of this program. “We are delivering on our commitment to get the best price for taxpayers and war fighters.”



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F-35 stealth fighter crashes for the first time

F-35 stealth fighter crashes for the first timeA US F-35 stealth fighter plane was completely destroyed in a crash during training on Friday, officials said. The Marine Corps said in a statement that a Marine Corps F-35 had crashed around 11:45 am (1615 GMT) outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. The Air Force and Navy have their own models.



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Northop's F-23 Stealth Figher Might Have Been Better Than the F-22. We Might Just Find Out.

Northop's F-23 Stealth Figher Might Have Been Better Than the F-22. We Might Just Find Out.Thanks to Japan?



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China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Has a Fatal Flaw (That Might Soon Be Fixed)

China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Has a Fatal Flaw (That Might Soon Be Fixed)Those pesky engines.



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Russia's S-500: How Putin Could Kill Air Force F-22s and B-2 Stealth Bombers?

Russia's S-500: How Putin Could Kill Air Force F-22s and B-2 Stealth Bombers?Russia’s fearsome new S-500 air and missile defense system has apparently entered production—and is setting new records for missile engagement range.



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