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Some of the developments of unclaimed Russia Soviet aircraft vertical (short) take-off and landing Yak-141 was used in the creation of the American stealth fifth generation fighter Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II, told TASS honored military pilot of Russia, major-General Vladimir Popov.
“I can’t name names, it was the designers, the managers. Then we met, I had to communicate with them, they were complaining about the lack of demand appeared due to the emergence of various economic difficulties. Political decisions could not accept and that was the main thing. The planes have to exist, only needed a team,” — said the expert.
According to him, “for the money our experts went and worked there ( approx. “Of the tape.ru”)”. “You know, it was our potential partners, not enemies or opponents,” said the pilot. According to him, “then do some of the developments went in there.”
“We see today, by the way, the project F-35. See how it is adapted: on shouta (short takeoff and landing) and marine (vertical takeoff and landing). Everything they did practically. Even configurale they are somewhat similar: caudal part of area management system nozzles. Is there, is captured,” said major-General.
However, he added that the front of the plane and the lights on the F-35B Lightning II others, due to the use of stealth technology. “And we have not had a problem at first,” said Popov.
The pilot said that Russia fighter vertical (short) take-off and landing “really needed” because it is “natural processes”, which “is dictated by operational and strategic objectives.”
In August, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the defense Ministry began developing a new aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing.
From 1991 to 1997 (according to other sources — 1995-1997), when Lockheed Martin (1995 — Lockheed only) and the Yakovlev design Bureau, the developer of the Yak-141, actively cooperate, the American company gained access to technical documents and prototypes of the Yak-141, he wrote in April, Task & Purpose.
Supersonic aircraft vertical takeoff and landing Yak-141 (Freestyle according to NATO classification), equipped with radar, medium-range missiles “air-air”, anti-ship and anti-radar missiles, intended to equip the aircraft carriers project 1143 (these include the only Russian aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”), having shortened, compared to the classic aircraft carriers runway. The aircraft was developed from the mid-1970s and first flew in 1987. There were created four prototypes of the Yak-141, one of them (due to error of the pilot) in October 1991 crashed on the deck of the aircraft carrier “Admiral Gorshkov”. This sample, along with another supposedly dismantled for parts. Two other aircraft went to the Museum. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the lack of interest in the military, the Yak-141 was proposed to buy, particularly India and China.
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