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New F-35 issue. Who is scratching the stealth coating?

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The head of the Pentagon’s department for joint programs (on the implementation of the F-35 project), Vice-Admiral Mat Winter announced the unresolved problems with defects in the production line of the newest American fighters. It is stated that the production rate of F-35 fighter jets has grown so much that the company does not have time to cope with new and new detectable defects.


In particular, we are talking about the problems identified during the implementation of stealth technology.

First of all, it’s about the fact that when assembling an airplane, the integrity of the stealth coverage is often violated. Mat Winter noted that "cracks and scratches appear." According to him, the stealth coating violates the drilling process in the airframe sections. After this, the manufacturer does not always restore the coating required by technological conditions. If the restoration goes, then the robotic spraying of “stealth material” results in unevenness of its final distribution - double layers may appear around scratches and structural holes, which also contradicts technological standards.

New F-35 issue. Who is scratching the stealth coating?


Jeff Babion, a representative of the manufacturer’s company (Lockheed Martin), notes that the growth in production volumes of F-35 and the fact that with growing volumes a considerable number of defects are revealed is a problem for the company. In particular, it is noted that the company is doing everything to ensure that production does not deviate from the technology. Babion argues that the number of such defects in the production has already been reduced.
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  1. bazzbazz
    bazzbazz 6 March 2018 12: 32
    +6
    Most likely it is Russian hackers who interfere in technological processes. And they prevent this good airplane from flying.
    1. dorz
      dorz 6 March 2018 12: 34
      +3
      Sooner or later, the Americans will bring the plane to mind, a wagon of money will do its job.
      1. dvina71
        dvina71 6 March 2018 12: 38
        +18
        Quote: dorz
        Sooner or later, Americans will bring the plane to mind

        No money can bring to mind the erroneous concept of those. solutions.
        1. NEOZ
          NEOZ 6 March 2018 12: 44
          +2
          Quote: dvina71
          crazy mind concept

          I agree!!!!
          just what is the wrong concept?
          unclear...
          1. supertiger21
            supertiger21 7 March 2018 00: 04
            0
            There are no errors in the concept. Just ordinary childhood diseases, which are almost any new aircraft. The Su-27 was also brought to mind for a very long time, and there were problems and constant changes. But now what a handsome man turned out, and his further modifications. good
          2. Kyzmich
            Kyzmich 7 March 2018 22: 56
            +1
            Well, at least a “windmill” as a lifting engine.
            1800 kg vs 600 kg in our Yak 41 with the same thrust
        2. the most important
          the most important 6 March 2018 14: 47
          +3
          Quote: dvina71
          No money can bring to mind the erroneous concept of those. the decision

          Yes ... without meldonium, nothing can be collected.
      2. shans2
        shans2 6 March 2018 13: 53
        +8
        money does not solve all problems) initially the Lame Goblin No. 2 plane ... If the money were to be solved, the Saudi army would be stronger than the DPRK army), the budget difference is an order of magnitude in favor of the Saudis). and yes, if the number of banknotes solved, then the USA, and not Russia, would have hypersonic weapons)
      3. 73bor
        73bor 6 March 2018 20: 53
        +3
        It’s not possible, even for a lot of money to cross a mole and a giraffe, the excavator will not work one hell! And more specifically, with a Swiss penknife against a bebut it’s just ridiculous to go out! F-35 concept of a universal aircraft does not stand up to criticism, we have such a plane is the Su-34 but this is a completely different story!
      4. Filxnumx
        Filxnumx 7 March 2018 17: 54
        +2
        when they bring to mind this pepelats it will be time to write off it
  2. gloomy fox
    gloomy fox 6 March 2018 12: 34
    +1
    problems with fu 35? for some reason they don’t end, but appear again and again! It’s good to still have a BIG budget laughing
    1. 73bor
      73bor 6 March 2018 21: 00
      +1
      It’s good to have a big budget with a large number of craftsmen, and when there is a lot of money and there is no base and that skilled turner and locksmith under the skilled guidance of an experienced craftsman, then you can even arrange rains but you can’t even make a gun, and the United States has not been able to join the army for ten years put even that!
  3. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 6 March 2018 12: 35
    +11
    The usual problems of mass production are the carrying out of many small operations "on ..., ugh!, Leave me alone" smile I hope the company will not cope with the problem .. laughing
  4. Little thing
    Little thing 6 March 2018 12: 43
    +4
    The presence of scratches indisputably indicates that the FSB secretly replaced the stealth coating with the usual laughing
    1. aszzz888
      aszzz888 6 March 2018 13: 00
      +3
      Yesterday Today, 12:43 PM New
      The presence of scratches indisputably indicates that the FSB secretly replaced the stealth coating with the usual laughing

      Exactly, replaced with tar ... bully
    2. zivXP
      zivXP 6 March 2018 13: 02
      +1
      Agent "mouse" knows his work wassat
    3. Vlad.by
      Vlad.by 6 March 2018 15: 08
      0
      Donkey urine instead of gasoline? how so how ...
  5. Egorovich
    Egorovich 6 March 2018 12: 46
    +6
    laughing The Jews have a different grief with the fe-35, birds love to attack and scratch them. laughing
    1. aszzz888
      aszzz888 6 March 2018 13: 01
      +4
      Egorovich Today, 12:46 PM New
      laughing Jews have a different grief with fe-35, birds love to attack and scratch them. laughing

      ... and poop on them! laughing
  6. tsvetkov1274
    tsvetkov1274 6 March 2018 12: 47
    +6
    and who did it ... ???
  7. Galleon
    Galleon 6 March 2018 12: 49
    +12
    I recall the caricature from Crocodile magazine: the yard of a furniture factory littered with ugly stools, and the director’s reply to the correspondent: “The low quality of our products is explained by our high labor productivity.”
  8. prior
    prior 6 March 2018 12: 50
    +2
    Chip flies when flying a glider - the stealth coating is scratched, which is incomprehensible.
    1. Omskgasmyas
      Omskgasmyas 7 March 2018 07: 15
      0
      First, they drill, then the holes are processed with a file.
  9. Sands Careers General
    Sands Careers General 6 March 2018 12: 51
    +2
    It seems to me that the Chinese children in the labor lesson and it’s better to assemble the plane than the Fu-35 laughing
  10. vdovinab
    vdovinab 6 March 2018 12: 54
    0
    Is he single-engine?
    1. Okolotochny
      Okolotochny 6 March 2018 22: 28
      +3
      Wanted to say single-engine?
  11. Cxnumx
    Cxnumx 6 March 2018 12: 57
    0
    they have an answer for a long time laughing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_-rxY-4zHU
  12. uav80
    uav80 6 March 2018 12: 59
    +2
    As I previously wrote "LochKidMartin" ...
  13. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 6 March 2018 13: 19
    +6
    Work with carbon, joints of carbon with carbon and carbon with aluminum,
    plus coating on these joints - new technolochies, which
    not been before. Naturally there are problems.
    There ultra-precision - the tolerance when landing a wing a meter wide is less
    one millimeter.
    1. tsvetkov1274
      tsvetkov1274 6 March 2018 13: 34
      0
      tolerance when landing wing widths in meters - less
      one millimeter. [/ quote]
      1. tsvetkov1274
        tsvetkov1274 6 March 2018 13: 35
        +1
        this is not super precision ...
    2. Genry
      Genry 6 March 2018 14: 24
      +3
      Quote: voyaka uh
      joints of carbon with carbon and carbon with aluminum,

      Aluminum ... with carbon fiber ??? Have you composed yourself?
      Connoisseur damn ...
    3. Okolotochny
      Okolotochny 6 March 2018 22: 30
      +2
      And after departures, how to ensure such accuracy in coverage? After all, do not apply with a brush? No jokes, just interesting. As I understand it, stealth is provided not only by form and materials, but also by coating. During departures, it is naturally erased.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 7 March 2018 11: 14
        +1
        With resistance coatings fought for a long time on the F-22 and B-2. And several times changed the composition of the coating.
        But they gained the experience that is used on the F-35.
        A coating that contains a mixture of small metal elements of various shapes that absorb radio waves and possibly electronic chips is very expensive. Requires a thorough inter-flight inspection.
        But, as you know, if the waves of the air defense radar do not reflect back, but are absorbed, the game is worth the candle.
        1. Okolotochny
          Okolotochny 7 March 2018 12: 43
          +4
          Well, here the question of price-quality ratio arises.
    4. Ledorub
      Ledorub 7 March 2018 11: 04
      +1
      Quote: voyaka uh
      - new technology, which
      not been before.
      Here by chance, but right to the point - truly TECHNOLOGY.
    5. Kyzmich
      Kyzmich 7 March 2018 22: 58
      0
      For example, in formula 1, this is not even yesterday.
  14. SMikhalych
    SMikhalych 6 March 2018 13: 26
    +1
    Again Russian hackers, well, there is no escape from them wassat
  15. ProkletyiPirat
    ProkletyiPirat 6 March 2018 13: 44
    +1
    Well, yes, yes, the production workers are to blame lol
    In fact, everything is much simpler, when designing the aircraft, the flexibility and thermal expansion coefficients of the airframe and "stealth-coating" materials were not taken into account, as a result, cracks occur due to multiple cycles of compression-expansion of materials during the flight (from heat and loads).
  16. lance
    lance 6 March 2018 13: 49
    +2
    there is no warrior, you can see the carbon of the “wrong system” that even the loops do not help keep it from cracking on the metal when expanding. so you can forget about epr 0,02.
  17. anjey
    anjey 6 March 2018 13: 52
    0
    New F-35 issue
    Indeed, already the parable in the languages ​​of this notorious and praised by all the media of the West, the expensive "underproduct" of the military scam of the United States taxpayers.
    And it’s not in vain that they are driven into their sixes in order to minimize their financial losses ....
  18. gukoyan
    gukoyan 6 March 2018 15: 34
    +4
    In any case, Putin walks around at night with a nail, indulges))
    1. Filxnumx
      Filxnumx 7 March 2018 18: 01
      0
      With the whole government, it is not otherwise that one will not have time, he’ll have to intervene in election campaigns all over the world and replenish the Ukrainians
  19. Kondratko
    Kondratko 6 March 2018 16: 15
    +2
    That's just interesting, they will not wash this plane during operation at all? If so, how many washing cycles will the supercoat survive, and also how long will this procedure take for one unit, because as I understand it, they will wipe it in flannel gloves with cloths to care for the monitors?
    They have a lot of money, let them have fun, additional jobs for super-washing workers are also good for the pindocious puffed economy.
  20. afrikanez
    afrikanez 6 March 2018 17: 14
    +1
    Most likely these are birds, because they did not like the F-35, judging by reports from Israel! lol
  21. Satanator
    Satanator 6 March 2018 19: 12
    +1
    crooked pens and straight brain gyrus migrant workers ...
  22. Tarasve
    Tarasve 6 March 2018 19: 56
    0
    The most interesting Lockheed is not a state company. declares, there is a jamb in the production of aircraft, and you still produce and sell them
  23. zulusuluz
    zulusuluz 6 March 2018 22: 13
    0
    Didn’t get away from the "whole piece of gold" - how much did the Discovery say cost F-22? Return to manual assembly?
  24. Topgun
    Topgun 7 March 2018 01: 21
    0
    how many "smart" comments about production shortcomings in lockheed ...
    and nevertheless, they are slowly robotizing the process of creating airplanes (robots making carbon parts, robots drilling and riveting wings and parts of the body), it is clear that automation is so far away at automobile factories, but the road will overpower ...
    I was personally impressed with the Lockheed videos about production - here is one of them:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQqLJwyVN68
  25. EvAlex777
    EvAlex777 7 March 2018 01: 25
    0
    Quote: dorz
    Sooner or later, the Americans will bring the plane to mind, a wagon of money will do its job.

    All the efforts of the designers will be meaningless, and the wagon of money will go into the pockets of the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and other crooks. Well?! Let them try.
  26. CooL_SnipeR
    CooL_SnipeR 7 March 2018 07: 50
    0
    It soon becomes clear that the pilot in the diaper does not fit in the seat laughing this will be a critical problem. Forever, the tiles fall off, then the coating peels off. Heden shalders wash them helps good
  27. sgr291158
    sgr291158 7 March 2018 08: 54
    0
    A bad dancer always gets in the way.
  28. GSVG 86-88
    GSVG 86-88 7 March 2018 10: 28
    +2
    The answer is obvious, these are the same cormorants as the Zenit Arena ruined the roof.
  29. vdovinab
    vdovinab 7 March 2018 10: 50
    0
    Quote: Okolotochny
    Wanted to say single-engine?

    Not not exactly one-engine.
  30. neoshef
    neoshef 7 March 2018 16: 59
    0
    As the plane looks, so it flies. Well, this "galosh" stuffed with electronics cannot fly well.