Sunday, 6 October 2019

F-35's Most Sinister Capability Are Towed Decoys That Unreel From Inside Its Stealthy Skin

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F-35's Most Sinister Capability Are Towed Decoys That Unreel From Inside Its Stealthy Skin - The Drive

These "little buddies" not only protect the jet, but they can be used creatively to goad the enemy into showing itself and dying as a result. 


One of the least talked about, but most potent capabilities that can enhance the survivability of a combat aircraft these days is the ability to deploy towed decoys. Often referred to as "little buddies" by the crews that bet their lives on them, they have existed in miniature form for over two decades on aircraft like the F-16C/D, B-1B, and F/A-18E/F, as well as foreign fighter aircraft. But most wouldn't think such a system would be included in a 5th generation fighter that was designed from the ground up to evade enemy radars. This isn't the case. Although it isn't something touted by the manufacturer or its operators, the F-35 has this capability concealed beneath its curvaceous and stealthy skin...........read rest of article


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