The much-touted ‘stealth’ features of the Lockheed Martin F-35 making it nearly invisible to radar, could be negated by a pronounced ability to be detected by infra red devices.
The heat signature released by the aircraft engines and other power consumption devices such as the radar could negate gains main by its stealthy characteristics aimed at remaining invisible to radar.
Fighter aircraft add-on devices such as the infra-red scan and track (IRST) sensor which several European and Russian aircraft are equipped with for certain missions, can easily detect the F-35 in beyond-visual range engagements, a defence website said.
A video released by FLIR Systems which specializes in the manufacture of infra-red sensors shows the heat signature of the plane in clear detail. The sensor used is theFLIR Star SAFIRE 380-HDc and tracking the heat signature has been done from a rather close range.
Nevertheless, it could be a potential chink in the armor for the US Air Force and other countries which have put billions of dollars in buying the F-35 whose main USP is its stealth capability.
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney is being awarded $151 million contract to provide engine system trainers, spare modules in support of F-35 fighters
Lockheed Martin has been awarded the US Navy contract worth $101 million for F-35 software data loads for laboratory testing. “Lockheed Martin Corp
Overseas deployment of the US Air Forces F-35 aircraft built by Lockheed Martin is likely in 2017 following the stealth fighter attaining its initial operational capability earlier this week. "This is just the beginning, this is an interim step that will get us to what the full combat capability of the F-35 eventually will be," said General Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle, who heads the US Air Combat Command
Norway is planning to purchase 12 Lockheed Martin-built F-35 joint strike fighters in 2019-2020. Norways defense department submitted a 2017 budget proposal in parliament recently which outlined the countrys plans to purchase 12 planes in the 2019 and 2020 “block buy,”
The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a £184 million contract to ensure the UKs new supersonic stealth combat aircraft will continue to be equipped with air-to-air missile. Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) is a heat-seeking weapon which will give Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy F-35B Lightning II pilots, operating from land and the UKs two new aircraft carriers, the ability to defeat current and future air adversaries, the MoD said in a statement Tuesday
Despite opposition from Moscow, Ukraine's Ukroboronprom has decided to pitch for Indian contracts for the supply of components and repair of Russian-origin aircraft of the Indian Air Force, Director General Pavlo Bukin told Defenseworld.net in an interview.
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