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Pilots The F-35 is too stealthy to train against surface-to-air threats

Pilots The F-35 is too stealthy to train against surface-to-air threats 1 August, 2016

According to US Air Forces defence magazine Air Force Times, the F-35 Lightning II is so stealthy that pilots are facing an unusual challenge. They're having difficulty participating in some types of training exercises. During a recent exercise at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, F-35 squadrons wanted to practice evading surface-to-air threats. The unit had to demonstrate the stealth fighter is capable of suppression and destruction of enemy air defence as part of the evaluation process to declare Initial Operational Capability on the A-model. There was just one problem: No one on the ground could track the plane. The F-35s reported to turn on their transponders, used for FAA identification, so that simulated anti-air weapons could track the planes.

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