US fighter convicted of inability to conduct close air combat

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The American F-35 fighter was convicted of inability to conduct close air combat. And also talked about other shortcomings of the aircraft.

Retired Brian Clark, an officer of the United States Navy, spoke about the F-35 edition of Defense News. He said that the fighter is based on stealth technology. He must shoot down enemy planes before they detect him.

At the same time, the material notes that tactics to rely on long-range defeat do not inspire confidence. In general, military analysts say that the F-35 is not sufficiently maneuverable and cannot conduct close air combat.

In 2015 there was an air battle between the F-35A and the F-16D. As a result, the new fighter lost to the old one, because it was too slow.

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