The Japanese F-35 fighter, missing in the Pacific, could pose a serious security threat to the US, with Russia and China finding the state-of-the-art fighter jet first, experts warn.
Japanese Defense Ministers say A search for a fighter jet is sought after it had disappeared from radar during a flying exercise in northern Japan. The pilot of the aircraft is also missing.
Equipped with sophisticated technology and weapons, the F-35 is the result of $ 406.1 billion worth of the most expensive weapons program in American military history.
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"There is no price in this world that China and Russia could pay for the Japanese F-35 if they can. Big business, "tweeted Tom Moore, a former high-ranking senior US Senate clerk.
Both Russia and China are still strongly represented in the navy in the region. Reports from Business Insider.
"If one of the Japanese F-35s sits at the foot of the Pacific, we'll probably see one of the largest underwater spy and counter-espionage operations since the Cold War. If it worked well without its radar reflectors, where it came exactly, this could be a problem, "tweeted Tyler Rogoway, publisher of The War Zone.
"There could be problems, depending on what is recovered, when it is restored and whether it is above All under what conditions after the impact on the water surface," said Rome-based aviation expert, pilot and former Italian Air Force Officer David Cenciotti Fox News via email. "The F-35 is a system of systems and its low observability / stealthiness is a system itself."
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The camouflage of the F-35 is the result of the shape of the aircraft, the engine, the materials used in the construction of the aircraft and the "million lines" of software code for the management of its systems, added Cenciotti, who is the blog The Aviationist writes.
While the expert believes it would be difficult to reconstruct the aircraft from debris recovered from the seabed, he warns that the debris could still provide vital information. "There are still many interesting parts that could be examined to get some interesting details: a particular sensor on board or something that is invisible from the outside, but by placing hands on the flaps of the aircraft inlets or the exhaust section can be collected on the radar reflectors, etc., "he said
The stealth fighter, which was affected by cost overruns and delays, has a price tag of around $ 100 million each. The US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps all have versions of the F-35.
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Japan's Air Self-Defense Force says The stealth jet F-35A disappeared off the east coast of Aomori on Tuesday. It is said that the plane disappeared from the radar for about half an hour after being lifted off the Misawa airfield with three other F-35As.
Secretary of Defense Takeshi Iwaya told reporters that a search and rescue operation for the missing persons is under way, Jet and his pilot. The cause of the mishap was not immediately known.
Iwaya says 12 more F-35s will be grounded at the Misawa base.
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Japan plans to buy 147 US-made F-35s, most of them F-35As, in the next decade.
The US military temporarily shut down its entire fleet of F-35s last year, one of the jets crashed during a training mission in South Carolina.
Lucas Tomlinson, Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.
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