A new malfunction has been discovered on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation stealth multi-functional fighter-bombers. This significantly increases the risk of explosion of fuel vapors.
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Initially, the problem was identified on four aircraft not belonging to the Netherlands Air Force, but on September 18, the country's military department informed that F-35A had a similar malfunction. This is the damage to the pipes that are part of the onboard inert gas generation system in the fuel tank, designed to minimize the likelihood of a fuel vapor explosion, for example, during a thunderstorm. The defect is reported in the 21st Annual Progress Report on the VF-35 Program.
In this regard, all countries operating the F-35A were strongly advised not to fly near a thunderstorm, as well as to protect fighters on the ground by installing lightning rods or shelters. In total, the Netherlands has 12 such aircraft: four are at Leeuwarden airbase, and the rest are located in the United States and are used for pilot training.
Earlier, the domestic Su-57 fighter unpleasantly surprised the United States when it managed to stun and blind American military radars.