The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II which is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters is undergoing final development and testing by the United States. The Pentagon began the F 35 program in 2001 with an aim to develop a cost-effective replacement for the U.S. military’s F 15, F 16 & F 18 Fighters and reconnaissance aircraft, as well as A 10 close air support warplanes. Apart from the United States, the primary customer and financial backer, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Norway, and Denmark are also part of the program. Many other nations like Japan and Israel are also deploying the fighters. S 400 Triumph is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau in the 1990s as an upgrade of the S 300 family.

It has been in service with the Russian armed forces since 2007. It is designed to defend against aircraft including 5th generation stealth fighters, bombers, AWACS, cruise missiles, and ballistic missile. It is considered one of the most powerful anti-aircraft defense system in the world. In a conflict between NATO & RUSSIA , these two systems will surely come face to face. The outcome of their encounter will have huge impact on who will have the upper hand. In this video, Defense Updates analyses how Russian S 400 could compromise F 35 program without even firing a shot ? Let’s get in the details. Turkey has more than 100 F 35s on order. It has already received two F 35s. Not only this, being one of the major partners it is s responsible for the production of certain components of F 35 and will also provide maintenance support to other European customers of the jet. It is to be noted that Turkey is not only an important player in the F 35 program , but is it also an important NATO member. In July 2017, Turkey reportedly signed the deal to acquire the S-400 air defense system from Russia . Turkey has insisted that since it currently has Cold War-era surface to air missile system, it requires an upgrade and S 400 fits in perfectly.

The United States, NATO nations & members of the Joint Strike Fighter program are all concerned that S 400 will be able to gather technical data such as radar signature of F 35s, if Turkey operates the jets in the airspace which is monitored by S 400. This could potentially pass onto Russian hands and give them an unprecedented advantage in future conflicts. Further more in an integrated air defense systems setup, S 400 will be hooked to Turkish air defense. This could lead to critical compromise since the NATO defense will have profiles of F 35s already set for IFF (Identification, Friend or Foe ) and through S 400, Russia could get those information. In addition, having the S-400 linked into Turkish defense networks could potentially give Russian technicians access to sensitive information that passes through the cloud-based, multi-national Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) system of F 35s. ALIS has critical mission data and flight routes. US Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the head of US forces in Europe, told a Senate Armed Services Committee had said, “My best military advice would be that we don’t then follow through with the F-35, flying it or working with an ally that’s working with Russian systems, particularly air-defense systems, with what I would say is probably one of most advanced technological capabilities.” NATO Allied Air Commander Gen.

Tod Wolters had stated, “Anything that an S-400 can do that affords it the ability to better understand a capability like the F-35 is certainly not to the advantage of the coalition.” Viewers may note that NATO is an alliance formed to counter Russia and F 35 is geared towards penetrating Russia & Chinese air defense. If Russia gets access to F35s through Turkey, the F35s capability to defeat air defense especially S 400 will heavily degraded. It is to be noted that Russia already dubs the S 400 as stealth killer and there are good reasons for this. The powerful main radar of S 400 which has a range of 600 km is complimented by target acquisition radars like 67N6 Gamma De and 9N6 Protivnik Ge radars in L band, Nebo SVU in the Very High-Frequency band and Nebo m & Zebu M in multiband.

Nebo SVU & Zebu M is touted to have the ability to detect stealth aircraft. Also it is to be taken into deliberation that though F 35 is a stealthy fighter, it has many compromises unlike the F 22 Raptor. F 35’s airframe is not as stealthy as one on the F 22 Raptor • Against x-band radars, it is only stealthy from front and rear • Against S-band radar, it is stealthy from the narrow front aspect • Against L-band radar, the limited reduction is achieved from direct front It has a much greater reliance on radar-absorbing materials to maintain its stealth profile Taking everything into considerations it is safe to assume that if Russia gets hands on classified technical data of F 35s , then it will be able to tune S 400 in a much better way to detect it. .

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