Stealth Jet Issues: RAF's Quest to Find A Solution

Stealth Jet Issues: RAF's Quest to Find A Solution

Manufacturing Technology Insights | Monday, March 04, 2019

The new F-35 fighter jet is being detected on radar and leaves it susceptible to enemies. A coating is given to the jet making it invisible on radar, but the problem is that it requires coating after every flight. The coating quickly wears off making it detectable under the radar; RAF sources state that scratches have delayed the operation of the jet and it will soon be shipped from Lockheed Martin. The manufacturer has acknowledged the defects in the coating as low observable making it hard for enemy radars to pick up.

Makers were having a problem with the materials, and they are trying to build these jets with precise enough technology. The error is expected to be rectified before the operations, and the RAF Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen is aware of the happenings. The jets are proofs that technological advancements are made and they are better than previous versions of stealth jets. Great Britain has signed a deal with RAF to double its stealth jet F35 fleet by 2022. The contract ensures that Britain will have 35 aircraft by 2022 and Britain will be producing 15 percent of the global order received.

The company spokesperson mentioned that the coating is low cost and the success is significantly higher. The F35 requires separate maintenance from other RAF jets, and it is undoubtedly one of the best low observation jets in the world. The problem is not with the design, and it is not unusual that different coating materials are tested to make it more feasible to the buyers. Even a small change in any of the factors could easily affect the size, weight, performance, and delivery schedule of the entire system. The need for a solid coating is to make it low observant on the radar, and even a minor scratch could make it detectable like a Boeing 747. The F35 is a single seat and single-engine aircraft travelling at 1.5 Mach which is 1.5 times the speed of light. Stable leadership could keep the production under an adequate budget, and the U.S. is on the verge of delivering the most advanced jet with new technology.

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