The Swiss army is questioning the operational capabilities of the F-35A as part of its Air2030 tender

A few weeks ago, Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter made headlines once again when DefenseNews confirmed that the use of afterburner damages the structure of the F-35B and F-35C (intended for the US Marines Corps and the US Navy) when the plane reached supersonic speeds. The heat induced caused damage to the rear structure of the aircraft, which then damaged the sensors and deprive the fighters from their stealth capability.

To correct the problem, the Pentagon had simply decided to ... restrict the use of these aircraft at supersonic speeds, making them unable to carry out interceptions. "Strangely", the F-35A version intended for the US Air Force and almost the entire export market did not seem to be affected by this problem, even if the three variants of the F-35 are supposed to have very similar engine and coating. At the time, we were wondering on this difference in treatment between the naval variants and the one intended for air forces and export market. And, apparently, the potential customers of the F-35A are also worried.

The F-35 is in competition in Finland and Switzerland. Admired by some militaries for its electronic capabilities and stealth, it is clearly surpassed by its European competitors in terms of dynamic performance, essential in the context of Swiss air defense.

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