A British Army F35 crashed in the Mediterranean after the pilot was forced to eject during a routine mission, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defense. initial report from The guardian.
The pilot was rescued immediately and a follow-up investigation is underway to analyze the incident, which occurred around 5:00 p.m. EST. Although there are no other ships or people affected by the test, the F35B Lightning is the most advanced aircraft in the United Kingdom Air Force and costs approximately $ 134 million (£ 100 million). And this is not reporting approximately $ 9.1 million per year invested in maintenance (US Marine Corp cost estimate).
In other words, this could be a serious failure for Britain.
The downed F35 in the United Kingdom was among 17 other similar aircraft aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth
“A British F35 pilot from HMS Queen Elizabeth is ejected during routine flight operations in the Mediterranean this morning,” a Defense Department spokesman said, according to the report. “The pilot has been safely returned to the ship and an investigation has been launched, so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.” HMS Queen Elizabeth set a course to return to her homeland in the United Kingdom at the end of a long deployment operation that was carried out in both the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Prior to today’s incident, the ship had eight British F35Bs and 10 American F35Bs on board. Now we can take one out.
HMS Queen Elizabeth has seen active combat operations in the past. In particular, it played a role in strikes against remnants of Islamic State both in Syria and in Iraq. And although this incident is a costly obstacle for the United Kingdom, it has already agreed to buy another 48 F35Bs from the United States for a total of $ 8.09 billion (6 billion pounds) before the end of 2025. While the F35 fighter model has undergone an unusually long development period, relatively full of engineering errors, further UK investment in fighter jets is particularly relevant, as Russia’s response to the multi-role fighter enters construction. The long-awaited Russian Shah fighter jet on Monday. made his first debut outside Russian territory during the air show in Dubai. And it charges as a competitor to the F35, specifically.
Russia’s ‘Checkmate’ can outlive a manned F35 in a real air battle
Featuring fifth-generation capabilities, the Checkmate also has a relatively light jet engine and will be sold to major international players such as the United Arab Emirates, which signed a memorandum of understanding with Russia to jointly develop the new fighter jet in 2017. And it may be the first nation to have them. But while Checkmate could become a popular alternative to US fifth-generation aircraft for global nations, Russia’s Defense Ministry itself has so far opted for an unmanned version of the fighter jet. Unmanned aircraft have the clear advantage of being much more impenetrable to G-forces from tight turns and large changes in inertia than human pilots. All in all, to say that if Russia launches a new fleet of Checkmate drones, scenarios like the crashed F35b of the United Kingdom will be how the air battles between the two end, like a downed fighter built in the United States and the unmanned Russian , continuing, s zero battle fatigue.
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