We understand why the National Guard under the 5th generation stealth fighter F-35


F-35 fighters are in service not only with the U.S. Air Force, but also with the U.S. National Guard. The question arises, why, in fact, the US Internal Troops, the National Guard, their own stealth fighters?


The first fifth-generation aircraft F-35 entered service with the US National Guard a little less than a year ago, in September 2019. On September 19, a festive transfer of fighters to the 158th fighter wing took place at the Vermont National Guard in Burlington aviation National Guard. Representatives of Lockheed Martin Corporation noted their pride in supplying the fifth generation of aircraft to pilots of the National Guard.

The main tasks of the US National Guard Aviation


The American National Guard is sometimes compared with the Soviet and Russian Internal Troops and modern Rosguard. But in fact, this is not a completely correct comparison. The US National Guard, including its aviation unit, the US Air Guard, is more likely an active reserve of the armed forces and solves a whole range of tasks that are not characteristic of police forces. These tasks, in particular, explain the need for the US National Guard to have not just aviation units, but air forces equipped with modern fighter aircraft.

The main combat mission of the US Air Guard is to protect the American airspace, that is, it performs the functions of air defense aviation. Patrolling airspace, protecting critical facilities in the United States, intercepting aircraft — successfully completing these tasks requires the US Air Guard to pay special attention to its fleet.

The US Air Guard includes 81 aviation wings, which are distributed between states in proportions of 1 to 5 air wings per state, depending on its importance and the presence of objects on its territory. In addition, National Guard aviation regularly participates in combat operations outside the United States. So, the pilots of the Air Guard, as part of the US National Guard, fought in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and participated in many other conflicts.

Therefore, the US Air Guard is armed with all types of aircraft used by the US Air Force, with the exception of strategic bombers. But one cannot fail to note the fact that aviation equipment to the Air Guard units usually arrived much later than to the Air Force and Navy aviation, so now the obsolete Boeing F-15C / D and Lockheed Martin F-16 are still the basis of the air power of the National Guard .


The first F-35A squadron command decided to transfer the Vermont Air Guard. It is expected that it will replace the F-16C / D aircraft, which are currently in service with the National Guard. Since flying F-35 will require new skills from pilots, retraining of Air Guard pilots at the training center has been organized. In 2023, U.S. leaders plan to equip the F-35A Air Guard fighter wings in Wisconsin and Alabama, and then supply new aircraft to squadrons in Idaho, Michigan, Florida, and Texas.

What necessitated the supply of F-35


Obviously, the appearance of the F-35 as part of the aviation units of the National Guard will increase their combat effectiveness and, accordingly, the security of American airspace. In particular, thanks to the appearance of the F-35, the National Guard will be able to intercept the most modern enemy air targets if they appear in the sky over American territory.

Since the American leadership is now considering Russia and China as likely adversaries, the Air Guard must have aircraft capable of withstanding Russian and Chinese aircraft. As the potential of the Chinese Air Force and the Russian Federation is growing, the US National Guard aviation has to meet the challenges of the time.



Also, the combat potential of the National Guard aviation will increase if it is used outside the United States, where it may need to solve a wide variety of tasks - from striking at enemy targets to confrontation in the air with aircraft of states designated by the United States as opponents.
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  1. svp67 15 May 2020 16: 10 New
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    For training and maintaining skills at the reserve of pilots.
    1. Thunderbolt 15 May 2020 18: 08 New
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      Quote: svp67
      For training and maintaining skills at the reserve of pilots.

      At the moment, NG should not understaff a regular army. In the event of war, the US Army Reserve will do this. And NG is reassigned to the army command as units and formations already deployed in full staff.
      1. letinant 15 May 2020 23: 30 New
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        I think everything is more commonplace. Purchases in the F-35 National Guard coincide with Trump's decision to reduce the cost of this airplane. The economy is inexorable, the more goods manufactured, the lower its price (cost decreases) + no one canceled the employment of specialists in the knowledge-intensive industry, etc.
        1. umah 16 May 2020 00: 37 New
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          why the US National Guard 5-generation stealth fighter F-35

          The fact that this pregnant penguin can launch an air-to-air rocket does not make it a fighter!

          Our SU-25s also have the ability to launch air-to-air missiles, but no one calls them fighters
          1. Thunderbolt 16 May 2020 02: 35 New
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            The fact that this pregnant penguin can launch an air-to-air rocket does not make it a fighter!
            So wonderful is our marvelous world! So placing the F-35 squadron on Elmendorf-Richardson / Alaska / is a waste of American money.
            1. volodimer 16 May 2020 13: 46 New
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              So wonderful is our sofa world!
              I read blind-eyed wassat
              In fact, this is not even a reserve, but a reserve army, which may not be taken into account in various treaties, etc. The economy is also important.
        2. Thunderbolt 16 May 2020 02: 20 New
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          Quote: letinant
          I think everything is more commonplace. Purchases in the F-35 National Guard coincide with Trump's decision to reduce the cost of this airplane.

          I agree with you, 35 is becoming mass as it was at the sixteenth time. Purchases have already reached the NG Air Force, which means things have gone well with them regarding the production of these destroyers.
          Quote: letinant
          . The economy is relentless

          This is also taken into account, the F-35 goes on acceleration and wants to become a massive aircraft of the US Air Force, NATO and close allies.
  2. Vasily Ponomarev 15 May 2020 16: 24 New
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    > We understand why the US National Guard is the 5th generation stealth fighter F-35
    everything is very simple, the National Guard is a reserve, but only they do not drive airplanes as often as the main aircraft, which means they save the aircraft’s life and money, although in which case this aircraft can be used in military operations, such as a sedimentation tank
  3. Alexey RA 15 May 2020 16: 41 New
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    F-35 fighters are in service not only with the U.S. Air Force, but also with the U.S. National Guard. The question arises, why, in fact, the US Internal Troops, the National Guard, their own stealth fighters?

    Then, the US leadership very often has a desire to save on war - and they mobilize the National Guard and send it to help regular troops. smile
    So, 300 National Guard were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. And immediately a flurry of complaints came from both NG and the army - about the complete obsolescence of NG equipment and the inability to effectively interact with regular parts + problems with the supply and repair of guards antiques.
    So, willy-nilly, the technical equipment of NGs has to be pulled up to the regulars.
    1. Vasily Ponomarev 15 May 2020 17: 02 New
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      > the impossibility of effective interaction with regular parts + problems with the supply and repair of guards antiques.
      Well, this is a reserve, imagine if our reserve went to fight on t 64 with howitzers of WWII times
    2. A. Privalov 15 May 2020 17: 41 New
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      Quote: Alexey RA
      So, 300 National Guard were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Excuse me, were you wrong? A couple of years ago in the United States was total 450 thousand. National Guard. This figure includes managers of all levels, storekeepers and instructors, etc. hi
      1. Vasily Ponomarev 15 May 2020 17: 46 New
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        most likely for the whole war
      2. Alexey RA 16 May 2020 15: 20 New
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        Quote: A. Privalov
        Excuse me, were you wrong?

        I'm sorry, I probably didn’t quite accurately translate the words of the Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Casey:
        ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, March 7, 2011) - Every Guard brigade has deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, and more than 300,000 Guardsmen have deployed in this war, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said Feb. 28.

        Each NG brigade was deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan, and in this war more than 300 National Guard were deployed..
        And the rear pilots also rowed - to save on logistics. smile

        Read the memories of the National Guard, who worked in New Orleans after Katrina. Some of them were thrown there right after Baghdad. First impression: "If you replace water with sand, then the full impression is that you are still in Iraq". And at the briefing before going on patrol sounded"do not relax, thinking that you are at home - drag service, as in Baghdad". smile
        1. A. Privalov 16 May 2020 17: 47 New
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          Thanks I got it. I even looked in periodicals. His words are often quoted online. If we look at Casey’s statements based on the context, it becomes clear that the figure of 300 is the total number of guards who went to war in these countries for the period 000-2001. For example:
  4. FIR FIR 15 May 2020 17: 09 New
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    Quote: Vasily Ponomarev
    > We understand why the US National Guard is the 5th generation stealth fighter F-35
    everything is very simple, the National Guard is a reserve, but only they do not drive airplanes as often as the main aircraft, which means they save the aircraft’s life and money, although in which case this aircraft can be used in military operations, such as a sedimentation tank

    A good sedimentation tank with 5-generation fighters :)
    1. Trickster 15 May 2020 17: 44 New
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      A good sedimentation tank with 5-generation fighters :)
      So they have neither Su-35 nor Su-57.
    2. Vasily Ponomarev 15 May 2020 17: 47 New
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      interestingly, that’s why they made me laugh, although I wrote the truth which I did not write for the first time, but in one article
  5. Free wind 15 May 2020 17: 13 New
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    Anti-rollback on the ropes so that the equipment is not overworked. some bags left in the cabin, probably their rags, were on a business trip. The Negro is not allowed close to the planes; he is waiting for the white gentleman to call.
    1. kit88 16 May 2020 19: 45 New
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      “Anti-recoil”, as it were, we also have on the “ropes” - it’s more convenient to pull them out from under the wheels, so as not to be left without hands.
      A flyer will climb into the cabin without a helmet, which means he has a helmet, a mask in his bag, maybe something else ... / But there is no sense in taking rags into the cabin, it’s easier to give the techie - he’ll snag somewhere in the equipment compartment, and when he arrives, another the technician will get it /
      And the Negro is not easy. In a gray jumpsuit - a young technician, in camouflage - a mechanic. And since no one stranger idly staggering in the parking lot, all the more so is not allowed to fly, the Negro, as it were, is not the head of the whole ente techno.
  6. knn54 15 May 2020 17: 16 New
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    The problem of damage to the tail of the F-35 at supersonic speed does not make sense to fix.
    The structural problem was removed from the list of problems under the category of “no correction plan” on 17.12.19/XNUMX/XNUMX. A complete correction of the problem does not justify the estimated cost.
    Prolonged use of supersonic speed negatively affects not only the F-35 glider and its stealth coverage, but also the many antennas and sensors located on the rear of the aircraft.
    That is, the National Guard (like the Navy and the ILC) are deprived of the opportunity to conduct SUPERSONIC intercepts.
    F-35B / C fighters are allowed to use the afterburner at high altitudes for an extremely limited time.
    1. Korax71 15 May 2020 18: 21 New
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      Sorted everything as they could belay
      [/ Quote]
      Vice Admiral Matt Winter, who leads the F-35 program on behalf of the Pentagon, said the department has taken steps to correct the problem with improved spray coverage, but added that the government will not completely eliminate the deficiency - and accepts additional risk.
      As a justification for this decision, Winter noted that the problem was documented when the plane flew to the LIMIT OF ITS. He also said that this phenomenon occurred only once and only for models B and C, despite numerous attempts to reproduce the conditions that caused the problem.

      Greg Ulmer, Program Manager at Lockheed Martin F-35, said that there was not a single case of this problem in the fleet and that the incidents were limited to "the highest extremes of flight test conditions that are unlikely to be reproduced in everyday use."

      All news of this kind is scribbled from the defen news article about the supersonic flight on fu-35
      F-35C can fly on Max 1.3 in afterburner mode only for 50 “cumulative” (probably meaning “only” without pauses less than 3 minutes) seconds, which means that the pilot cannot count 50 seconds at this speed, slow down for a couple of seconds and then pick up speed again. However, the time requirements are reset after the pilot operates at rated power - for three minutes.

      F-35B can fly for 80 cumulative seconds at Max 1,2 or 40 seconds at Max 1,3 without risk of damage. [Quote]
    2. opus 16 May 2020 02: 15 New
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      Quote: knn54
      Prolonged use of supersonic speed negatively affects not only the F-35 glider and its stealth coverage, but also the many antennas and sensors located on the rear of the aircraft.

      stop whistling
      Vice Admiral Matt Winter, who leads the F-35 program on behalf of the Pentagon, said the department has taken steps to correct the problem with improved spray coverage, but added that the government will not completely eliminate the deficiency - and accepts additional risk.
      As a justification for this decision, Winter noted that the problem was documented when the plane flew to the LIMIT OF ITS. He also said that this phenomenon occurred only once and only for models B and C, despite numerous attempts to reproduce the conditions that caused the problem.

      Greg Ulmer, Program Manager at Lockheed Martin F-35, said that there was not a single case of this problem in the fleet and that the incidents were limited to "the highest extremes of flight test conditions that are unlikely to be reproduced in everyday use."
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      According to the new document, the new coating, which was introduced in Lot 8, can withstand the higher temperatures caused by the afterburner. Winter described the material as capable of withstanding "what we call a heatwave wave," but refused to indicate how the coating works or what protection it provides.

      The Department of Defense also set time limits on the number of seconds that the F-35B and F-35C can fly at speeds in excess of Mach 1,2 with the full afterburner.
  7. Doccor18 15 May 2020 17: 17 New
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    The US National Guard is the main reserve of the army, and also performs the duties of strengthening the police, is involved in emergency situations, guarding borders and "foreign tours". Equipping them with 5th generation fighters is surprising. The United States seriously took up the renewal of aviation.
    1. Grandfather 15 May 2020 17: 53 New
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      We understand why the National Guard under the 5th generation stealth fighter F-35
      I don’t want to understand ... do not care why, their problems. Here, if the Rosgvardia needed SU 57 ... it would be a question.
      1. Revival 15 May 2020 18: 38 New
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        I think that our National Guard under SU 57 is definitely not needed
  8. APASUS 15 May 2020 18: 12 New
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    Some kind of nonsense. Who in their right mind dares to attack the territory of the United States, can Mexicans or Canadians? .And to plant an intruder and other border protection functions, airplanes of a lower class may well perform it. This is more like an advertising campaign, maintaining demand
    1. Alexey RA 16 May 2020 15: 30 New
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      Quote: APASUS
      Some kind of nonsense. Who in their right mind dares to attack the territory of the United States, maybe Mexicans or Canadians?

      U.S. NG is not an explosive, but a reserve of the armed forces. And it is actively used in all big messes, such as Iraq or Afghanistan.
      For a large professional army is too expensive. So it is necessary, in which case, to compensate for the small number of contractors with the help of the call of reservists.
      So they put a rifle in my hand
      Sent me off to a foreign land
      Go and kill the yellow man

      Born in the USA!

      smile
  9. Scharnhorst 15 May 2020 18: 21 New
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    81 air wings are comparable to our VKS without strategists! However...
  10. Revival 15 May 2020 18: 36 New
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    The United States National Guard has tasks for this weapon, unlike the National Guard, we
  11. Cyril G ... 15 May 2020 18: 50 New
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    Maybe easier? I plan to transfer the sides of the first series, which are considered conditionally combat-ready. Which essentially do not bring to a normal level. A way to attach no more ...
  12. GSVG 86-88 15 May 2020 21: 11 New
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    Today in Florida, the F-22 crashed, the pilot is alive and let him continue to live.
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  15. Artura 16 May 2020 02: 26 New
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    Today in the state of Florida fell F-22. The pilot managed to leave the plane.
    1. bober1982 16 May 2020 06: 29 New
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      And, about this on the site - silence, although according to all the news,
      last night passed.
  16. Dzafdet 21 May 2020 16: 08 New
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    The Americans are getting ready for war. They think that we will not be able to use nuclear weapons against them and are preparing a blitz krieg. A flag in their hands and a drum on their neck ...
    1. Skifotavr 3 June 2020 15: 41 New
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      There will be no blitz krieg, but when their financial pyramid collapses, their masters will try so that the United States does not self-destruct just like that, that is, without the benefits they would like, and deliver a nuclear strike against Russia. It is difficult to say about China, but for Russia, he is still an ally.
  17. Skifotavr 3 June 2020 15: 34 New
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    The US National Guard has almost all types of weapons for insurance - if the unthinkable happens - a rebellion in the army, then it will take part in its suppression and protection of the current government. And regular participation in hostilities is already for training and maintaining combat skills. And the presence of such a heavily armed guard can help to win when signing all kinds of agreements on the limitation of conventional weapons.