A Flying Disaster: F-35B Jet Shoots Itself With Its Own 25mm Gun

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program – the most expensive military development project in history.

It could potentially also come to be known as the record-holder of the most issues with a single piece of military technology of all time. The most recent problem that the F-35 fighter jet was faced with is likely one of the most concerning.

On March 12th, A F-35B Joint Strike fighter was significantly damaged. It happened when a round fired from its underbelly 25mm gun pod exploded shortly after leaving the muzzle of the cannon mounted within. In other words, it suffered friendly fire from itself. This is a “Class A mishap” – it results in a threat of the pilot’s life on the ground or in the air. It also needs to cause damage of more than $2.5 million. Still, to be fair, if one is to keep in mind the F-35’s cost, any damage whatsoever probably results in damages that cost more than $2.5 million.

Prior to this incident, the F-35 has still been plagued by various incidents. Back in May 2020, a F-35A fighter jet crash-landed on runway 30 at Eglin AFB. The jet rolled, caught fire and was entirely destroyed.

Currently, the F-35 fighter jets fly with 871 flaws, having improved that number by 2 throughout 2020. On the upside, “only” 10 of these deficiencies are “Category 1” that can result in the aircraft being destroyed, or heavy injury or even death of the crew.

To rectify the chaos that is the $300 billion F-35 program, the Block 4 process was introduced. It failed.

The US Government Accountability Office report found that the current 2027 goal for finalizing the Block 4 modernization is “not achievable.”

The most significant issue is the software delivery, and how it impedes integration of key subsystems, such as radar enhancements, to keep pace with the growing threats from adversaries.

This is in line with the concerns that the Department of Defense’s current modernization plan is so bad, that the US should be prepare for the rest of the 2020s to be “terrible”.

Still, these issues are possible because the F-35 still has engines, which are under threat of running out. Surely, there would be a way to simple push or pull it on the ground and it would manage to crash-land then, too.

On the upside, the US managed to successfully launch a nuclear-capable of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Luckily, the launch went successfully, and even if it didn’t the missile is without nuclear or conventional payload.

This provides the potential for a justification for future actions. After all, if a missile were to accidentally hit a US city, or maybe a warship in an F-35-esque incident, it could easily be blamed on Russia. Or on Iran. Or on China.

Still, any casual observer would be impatiently looking forward to the United States beginning to test out its hypersonic technology, since if the F-35 is any indication, it promises to be quality entertainment.

After all, the rush to gain air superiority and more, provided one of the world’s biggest money pits and some of the most humorous incidents.

The endless claims of how promising the F-35 is, and the numerous customers it has, the fact of the matter is that it represents a flying, incredibly expensive, disaster that gets more incidents than successful operations.

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Ivan Freely

Winning!!!

BMWA1

Impressive aircraft….unique really…

Jihadi Colin

Yes, absolutely lovable.

Liberal guy

Hahahahaha the reality of the zios

El Mashi

Sell it to the Taiwanese. They got the money.

Ivan Freely

Actually, they don’t. The mainland’s been eating their breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

JIMI JAMES

Sell it to the japs,make excellent kamikazi craft,even on the runway.

Jihadi Colin

Sell it to the Ukranazis.

SnowCatzor

The F-35B is easily the worst version of an already bad fighter. No internal gun means relying on these awful external gun pods, which no doubt harm’s the aircraft’s biggest advantage, stealth.

Even a MiG-21 could shoot this Turkey down if got within gun-range, since the F-35B usually flies without the gun pod, making it completely defenseless in such a scenario.

To those who say it wouldn’t get that close, consider the fact that fighters are frequently required to visually confirm their target in crowded skies (like Syria), which means getting close enough to be spotted yourself.

RichardD

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RichardD

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RichardD

“The Watergate scandal resulted in 69 government officials being charged and 48 being found guilty, including:[14]

John N. Mitchell, Attorney General of the United States who resigned to become Director of Committee to Re-elect the President, convicted of perjury about his involvement in the Watergate break-in. Served 19 months of a one- to four-year sentence.[23]
Richard Kleindienst, Attorney General, convicted of “refusing to answer questions” (contempt of court); given one month in jail.[102]
Jeb Stuart Magruder, Deputy Director of Committee to Re-elect the President,[26] pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to the burglary, and was sentenced to 10 months to four years in prison, of which he served seven months before being paroled.[103]
Frederick C. LaRue, Advisor to John Mitchell, convicted of obstruction of justice. He served four and a half months.[103]
H. R. Haldeman, Chief of Staff for Nixon, convicted of conspiracy to the burglary, obstruction of justice, and perjury. Served 18 months in prison.[104]
John Ehrlichman, Counsel to Nixon, convicted of conspiracy to the burglary, obstruction of justice, and perjury. Served 18 months in prison.[105]
Egil Krogh, aide to John Ehrlichman, sentenced to six months for his part in the Daniel Ellsberg case.[103]
John W. Dean III, counsel to Nixon, convicted of obstruction of justice, later reduced to felony offenses and sentenced to time already served, which totaled four months.[103]
Dwight L. Chapin, deputy assistant to Nixon, convicted of perjury.[103]
Maurice Stans, United States Secretary of Commerce who resigned to become Finance Chairman of Committee to Re-elect the President, convicted of multiple counts of illegal campaigning, fined $5,000 (in 1975 – $23,800 today).[106]
Herbert W. Kalmbach, personal attorney to Nixon, convicted of illegal campaigning. Served 191 days in prison and fined $10,000 (in 1974 – $51,800 today).[103]
Charles W. Colson, special counsel to Nixon, convicted of obstruction of justice. Served seven months in Federal Maxwell Prison.[102]
Herbert L. Porter, aide to the Committee to Re-elect the President. Convicted of perjury.[103]
G. Gordon Liddy, Special Investigations Group, convicted of masterminding the burglary, original sentence of up to 20 years in prison.[103][107] Served ​4 1⁄2 years in federal prison.[108]
E. Howard Hunt, security consultant, convicted of masterminding and overseeing the burglary, original sentence of up to 35 years in prison.[103][107] Served 33 months in prison.[109]
James W. McCord Jr., convicted of six charges of burglary, conspiracy and wiretapping.[103] Served two months in prison.[108]
Virgilio Gonzalez, convicted of burglary, original sentence of up to 40 years in prison.[103][107] Served 13 months in prison.[108]
Bernard Barker, convicted of burglary, original sentence of up to 40 years in prison.[103][107] Served 18 months in prison.[110]
Eugenio Martínez, convicted of burglary, original sentence of up to 40 years in prison.[103][107] Served 15 months in prison.[111]
Frank Sturgis, convicted of burglary, original sentence of up to 40 years in prison.[103][107] Served 10 months in prison.[111]

– Watergate scandal –

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate_scandal#Legal_action_against_Nixon_Administration_members

Icarus Tanović

That’s clear Russian election hacking avionics.
Idfs F35 it is public secret was downed by s-200.

Ryan Glantz

you guys realize most of the f35 money is funneled into black projects, right?

Poppadop

Very true about the black projects, and the efficacy of those is to be determined. All of the “Make America Great Again,” “Build Back Better” rhetoric of massive infrastructure spending which never gets implemented will obviously be put into action when the world elites’ warmongering sticks. Whatever the elites plan for tens of millions of unemployed and underemployed people to go about making and using is anyone’s guess.

JIMI JAMES

Let’s hear it for the flying coffin:

World_Eye

Haha.