The radar failings are just the latest problem for the F-35: it previously had structural problems that put it at risk to lightening, weight issues, software bugs, gatling guns that do not work, and a limited fuel supply making it unable to stay in an area to offer air protection for ground troops.
The website Shadowproof also noted that there are concerns about whether the F-35 can be traditionally fueled, as they have a problem with accepting hot fuel — the only solution that the Air Force has come up with for that problem so far is to paint fuel trucks a darker color to absorb less sunlight and keep temps down — hardly a long term solution.
The jet has proven to be such a failure that it does not even hold up to the F-16, which was introduced in 1978.
“Some systems like the radar control are fundamentally worse than the earlier version, which is not a good sign,” Keith Joiner, who is responsible for evaluating the plane’s performance for the Australian defence force, told Radio National Background Briefing.
Shockingly, the massively expensive jet, which is primarily software driven, has also not been tested for resistance to hacking yet.
“The only system that has done cyber security, vulnerability and penetration testing is the logistics software. So ordering spares. And it didn’t go very well,” Joiner explained.