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Brake parachute for fighter fifth generation F-35A Lightning II Royal air force (air force) Norway is not sufficiently reliable and requires improvement, says Defense News.
According to the American edition, the requirements include 1 contingency 10 000 in the opening of the braking parachute, which is not currently observed.
Defense News writes that the flight tests, which began in 2018, showed the inconsistency of the product requirements, and improved a prototype of drag chute made taking into account the comments received, tested in early 2019, will be tested in February 2020, after which, if successful, may begin to be produced early in the summer of 2020. The most acceptable date for completion of all works is called the winter season 2021-2022 years.
“Russia is building up its air capabilities on the Kola Peninsula, the strip of land on its North-Western flank, bordering Norway and Finland, and Norway sees an opportunity to use to collect information when hunting for submarines, the F-35 and [anti-aircraft] P-8 Poseidon — the eyes and ears of NATO in the far North”, — writes the edition.
Defense News notes that the Norwegian F-35A Lightning II “is not itself a military air potential” and is designed to address the strategic objectives of deterrence. The publication notes that in difficult geographical and climatic conditions of Norway characteristics of a fighter exceeded the expected
In March 332 Sqn Royal Norwegian air force F-35A Lightning II conducted the first practical rockets of class “air-air” medium-range AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile).
F-35A Lightning II Royal Norwegian air force is distinguished by the presence of the braking parachute, allowing to land on icy runways, and air refueling using a hose, not the bar.
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