ever since the u.s. used f-117 as a 1991 to rock Baghdad at the time one of the world’s most defended cities Soviets and other potential US adversaries have been studying up on how to counter stealth jets later over Serbia an f-117 was shot down forever souring the image of so-called invisible aircraft did have for decades been on top of the US Air Force’s agenda today Russia and China have built impressive arrays a very high frequency or VHF and other integrated radars that can spot even the u.s.

Is most advanced and stealthy Jets like the f-22 in the f-35 under the right circumstances while many have rushed to declare stealth a fruitless and expensive path for the US Air Force to walk retired marine major dan flatly told Business Insider why pilots of America’s most expensive weapons system weren’t afraid of Russian or Chinese counter stealth adversaries have to build a kill chain said flatly a former f-35 pilot just because a radar can find an object in Russian VHF radars can spot f-35s doesn’t mean a can fix trap target and consummate that kill chain with a missile hit he said we’re not trying to prevent every aspect of that chain just snap one of those links flatly said so while an infrared search and track existed spot an f-35 and give enemy pilots an idea of where it is it couldn’t track it or target it with a missile this means that the systems Russia and China have spent millions developing provide only a tiny glimpse of the f-35 systems that may be sunk costs in the grand scheme of things I don’t need to stop everything all the time flatly scent of the kill chain I just need to make you unable to finish what you’ve already invested tons of time and money and effort in trying to shoot me down that’s the thing people don’t understand flatly said they think we’re saying we’re invisible to everyone all the time all band wins and energy levels that’s not what we’re saying flatly says f-35 pilots joke that only Wonder Woman has an invisible jet the reality is that the f-35 is a huge piece of flying metal and alloy a radar pointed at the right place at the right time we’ll definitely spot it but good luck shooting it down meanwhile as the enemy system scoured the skies for any trace of the f-35 the f-35 sees all of those radar emissions and can pinpoint the air defenses and enemy planes where legacy planes had to choose between lethality and survivability on a mission the f-35 can do 416 or even thirty two things at a time meaning that while air and ground threats look for the stealth jet the f-35 can drop bombs to smash them according to flatly we’re extraordinarily confident in what we believe the performance of this jet is and we have a lot of data and material to back this stuff up flatly said so while the Russians propaganda may boast that they can see at 35 s it may be a response to a platform that has rendered parts of their battle-plan to relevant the f-35 was built to penetrate the most guarded air spaces in the world and get the job done while the enemy hasn’t been standing still making great progress toward countering the f-35 flatly says he’s sure the US can carry out its mission on its terms the expectation is that the f-35 will operate in a scenario against hair and surface defense systems and that’s an expectation that the American taxpayer and public should have flatly said he also acknowledged the effort the US has put behind the f-35 as a stealth penetrator and was resolute in that we’re not going to waste it

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