The F-35 has a new problem with no easy solution
The F-35 may have a problem with its canopy, and the issue will delay the rollout of the stealthy strike fighter.
The canopy -known as the “transparency”- requires a special coating to reflect radar waves, and has had production issues that resulted in a shortage.
Other issues have included stealth coatings becoming “blistered,” as well as structural issues following supersonic flights by F-35Bs and F-35Cs, effectively limiting pilots of Navy and Marine models to less than one minute of supersonic speed at any given time.
According to the Breaking Defense, the entire USAF is plagued with readiness issues, despite efforts to get the force up to strength.
The Air Force has also withdrawn the F-22 from Middle East service, in hopes that the downtime from combat operations will improve the dismal 50-percent readiness rate.
To make matters worse, there is currently no way to produce new F-22s.
In the meantime, new contractors are being sought to make F-35 canopies and F-15Cs have taken over for the F-22s in the Middle East.
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