The fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II fighter’s brake parachute of the Royal Norwegian Air Force is not reliable enough and needs to be improved, Defense News writes.
According to the American publication, the requirements provide for 1 contingency situation per 10,000 when opening a parachute, which is currently not complied with.
Defense News writes that flight tests, launched in 2018, showed that the product did not meet its requirements, and an improved prototype of the brake parachute, made taking into account the received comments, tested at the beginning of 2019, will be checked in February 2020, after which, if successful, it can begin to be produced in the early summer of 2020. The most acceptable completion date for all work is called the winter season of 2021-2022.
“Russia is building up its anti-aircraft capabilities on the Kola Peninsula, a land strip on its northwest flank bordering Norway and Finland, and Norway sees the opportunity to use the F-35 and (anti-submarine aircraft) P-8 Poseidon to collect information “The eyes and ears of NATO in the Far North,” the newspaper writes.
Defense News notes that the Norwegian F-35A Lightning II "is not in itself an air force potential," but is designed to solve strategic containment tasks. The publication notes that in the difficult geographical and climatic conditions of Norway, the characteristics of the fighter exceeded the expected
In March, the 332th Royal Air Force squadron of Norway with the F-35A Lightning II carried out the first practical launches of the medium-range air-to-air missile AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile).
The F-35A Lightning II of the Royal Norwegian Air Force is distinguished by the presence of a brake parachute that allows you to land on icy stripes, as well as an air refueling system that uses a hose rather than a boom.
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