Slippery slope: Norwegian Air Force facing drag chute problem with its new F-35s
Winter is coming for Norwegian F-35s, as they are currently experiencing problems with drag chutes designed to help them stop on the nation’s icy runways.
The Royal Norwegian Air Force, which previously relied on a fleet of 56 F-16s, is happy to welcome the 52 F-35s they have scheduled for delivery- except for one tiny problem.
According to the Nordic aviators, the drag chute system -designed to help the F-35 slow down on the limited and icy runways used by the RNoAF- doesn’t work as it is supposed to.
To make matters worse, a solution may not be available until next winter, creating a delicate issue for F-35A pilots needing to get on the ground with as little runway space as possible.
The parachute pod must be stealthy in nature, as anything overly obtrusive would increase the F-35s radar signature.
According to Popular Mechanics, the current drag chute is supposed to last 10,000 landings between failures but is currently failing on a more frequent basis.
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