Clark Ince, a director of Hallmark Electronics, told Sky News it is possible to embed technology such as a chip without a customer's knowledge into a circuit board that could affect the way it functions. Asked if it was risky allowing a Chinese-owned company to make circuit boards for the F he replied: "Yes I think so, personally I think so. But it's a question of: How bad is it?
The MoD said the company's products are universal and used across both the military and civil aviation sectors. Meanwhile, it has emerged a leaked Pentagon report said the F fighter jet can only fly at supersonic speeds for short bursts or it may start to "crack".
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Defense News claims the problem may make it impossible for the F to conduct supersonic intercepts when in combat adding there was a "risk of structural damage. The reported deficiencies were first observed in late following tests where the FB and FC both flew at speeds of Mach 1.
Vice Admiral Mat Winter, who leads the F programme for the Pentagon, said his department has taken steps to tackle the problem. Last November it was announced Britain will double its fleet of F stealth fighter jets by ordering 17 more from the States.
In October the MoD was forced to ground its new fighter jet fleet after a faulty fuel tube caused a crash in the US. First we were allowed to sit in the cockpit, initially with no power; then with power to the displays; then with the ability to start the engines; and finally as an airplane we could fly. During that phase of the program, I was fortunate enough to fly all three versions of the X Finally, I ended up at Eglin to help establish the F training center and train the first cadre of pilots and maintainers.
The Joint Strike Fighter program launched in the early s, when the U. By , the government had narrowed the competition to build the new airplane down to Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
An evaluation team, consisting of pilots and engineers from the Marines, Navy, Air Force, and United Kingdom, split in half so each could focus on just one airplane. No pilot would get to fly both. I was on the evaluation team for the Lockheed Martin entry.
Because the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps each had unique requirements, each contractor built two prototypes to demonstrate the three variants. A test program for a new airplane like the F is complex.
To confirm the parameters of takeoff alone, the test pilots must take off day and night, in good weather and bad, with headwinds, crosswinds, and tailwinds. From dry runways, wet runways, and icy runways. From concrete, asphalt, expeditionary matting, and ships. The aircraft must take off at light weight and heavy weight, on conventional takeoffs and short ones, and at a range of speeds.
We test to learn what the limits are for each, and to determine how easy or hard it is for a pilot to perform each task. We also tested landing, flying, and delivering weapons with the same variations in conditions.
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