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An F-35B fighter is shown firing an aircraft cannon off the coast of Somalia

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An F-35B fighter is shown firing an aircraft cannon off the coast of Somalia

The American operation to withdraw its contingent from Somalia continues. As Voennoye Obozreniye has already reported, a whole armada of means is involved in the withdrawal of 650 military personnel who are officially in Somalia, including universal amphibious ships, military transporters, convertiplanes and floating bases. Moreover, the US command also issued an order to practice the conduct of hostilities with the use of deck aviation.


For this, the fifth generation fighters F-35 are involved, which are part of the UDC USS Makin Island air wing of the Wasp class.

F-35B fighters took off from the ship off the coast of Somalia and carried out the use of standard weapons in the water area of ​​the maneuvers. In particular, the F-35B pilots used aircraft cannons. Missile weapons, at least judging by the fragment of the presented video, did not use US Navy fighters off the coast of Somalia.


The US military command notes that the carrier-based aircraft "provides direct support for the Octave Quartz operation, which the US military is completing in Somalia." This operation was originally aimed at combating international terrorism. However, Washington no longer speaks of success in this struggle.

Earlier it was reported that some of the troops from Somalia would be withdrawn by the United States to the state of Djibouti, and some would be returned to the United States. In the state of Djibouti, in addition to the American military base, the PRC base is also located. This neighborhood clearly haunts the Pentagon. The United States has repeatedly tried to put pressure on the Djiboutian authorities to deny Beijing any further military presence. But the government of Djibouti does not agree to this.
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  1. GoraN
    GoraN 25 December 2020 09: 33
    -6
    Just that they can kill pirates))
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 25 December 2020 09: 38
      -7
      Quote: GoraN
      Just that they can kill pirates

      Rather run from the pirates.
  2. NDR-791
    NDR-791 25 December 2020 09: 33
    +4
    In particular, the F-35B pilots used aircraft cannons. Missile weapons, at least judging by the fragment of the video presented, did not use US Navy fighters off the coast of Somalia.
    Is that what it means ??? How to teach us what super-maneuverability means for our planes, because guns are a thing of the past. Such are the "partners", upholstery your copper !!!
    1. Aerodrome
      Aerodrome 25 December 2020 09: 40
      +2
      Well, you can hear how the GAU-22 / A fired a couple of bursts ... so what?
      1. novel66
        novel66 25 December 2020 10: 39
        +11
        son of a penguin and a cuckoo
        decided to shoot from a cannon
        I gave a burst from the cannon -
        hit the news in everything
        or this sniper pilot
        or the world is already on the hype ...
        1. avg
          avg 25 December 2020 11: 40
          +1
          Yes, the penguin is a seasoned warrior,
          he is always worthy of hype ...
          Just wasn't it in vain
          Death of the Ebon Hawk?
          1. novel66
            novel66 25 December 2020 14: 35
            +2
            hawk to no harm
            Well, I would not climb, you bastard, to the Serbs
            thought he was invisible
            and the s-200 gave a barrier ...
            1. Wolf
              Wolf 25 December 2020 16: 40
              0
              S125! The Neva will perfectly betray them and bring them down! wink (little modernized) smile
    2. PSih2097
      PSih2097 25 December 2020 19: 15
      0
      Quote: NDR-791
      for guns are a thing of the past.

      so the F-35 was supposed to replace the A-10 and become a strike attack aircraft for all other strike functions of a fighter / fighter-bomber / palubnik / electronic warfare, etc ...
  3. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 25 December 2020 09: 38
    +1
    This operation was originally aimed at combating international terrorism. However, Washington is no longer talking about success in this struggle.

    Yes, as always, and as elsewhere, the descendants of Uncle Tom are fucked up.
  4. Sentinel-vs
    Sentinel-vs 25 December 2020 09: 40
    +7
    There is no built-in cannon, they use a suspended cannon container under the center section.

    Aerodynamics is reduced, stealth is reduced.
    1. Tsoy
      Tsoy 25 December 2020 10: 39
      +2
      Aerodynamics is reduced, stealth is reduced.


      No precision.

      Repetition of the story with the phantom. It is impossible to achieve effective fire due to the resulting vibration. If you have already decided that everything is dogfight, do you want to reinsure yourself with the same rake as in the 60s?
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 25 December 2020 12: 23
        +6
        Suspended ones have good accuracy.
        These are options "B" and "C".
        "A" has a built-in cannon, like the Harrier.
        Her accuracy was slightly less than planned.
        A cannon, actually, in order not to waste missiles on such targets,
        like helicopters, drones, transport.
        .
  5. Stepan S
    Stepan S 25 December 2020 09: 44
    +1
    Instead of a suspended container, they would use a towed gun. Could be considered an innovation.
  6. Zhan
    Zhan 25 December 2020 09: 51
    0
    Such a strange operation, more like preparing for a small war.
    1. Avior
      Avior 25 December 2020 09: 55
      +4
      Conventional shooting practice
      The flyers need to do something on the campaign, again, combat training in the field
      1. Lexus
        Lexus 25 December 2020 17: 21
        +2
        Some urya-patriots are still screaming with foam at the mouth that the "penguin" does not fly. hi
  7. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 25 December 2020 09: 56
    -1
    Such fuss because of the 650 w / c output with technology? Also, air support just in case, but for what? Will the rebels attack the American fleet and aircraft? Some rubbish. They just run away, but with their heads held high, and at the same time they showed that the F-35 can shoot from a cannon.
    1. novel66
      novel66 25 December 2020 10: 44
      0
      F-35 can fire from a cannon.

      is not a fact! the main thing in shooting is to hit!
      1. iouris
        iouris 25 December 2020 12: 34
        +3
        Quote: novel xnumx
        the main thing in shooting is to hit!

        the main thing in SPORTS shooting is to hit.
        Shooting (unsportsmanlike) is a special case of fire impact.
        The purpose of the fire effect is to inflict the specified damage on a given object of action.
        The military must know and understand this.
        1. novel66
          novel66 25 December 2020 14: 31
          +3
          smacks of tediousness, how to cause damage without getting in?
          1. iouris
            iouris 25 December 2020 15: 27
            +1
            Yeah. Science is a boring thing. Okay. Don't bother. It was long ago and not true. (see Milgram Yu.G., Popov I.S.Fighting efficiency of aviation technology and operations research. M., Publishing house of the Zhukovsky Air Force Academy, 1970)
            1. novel66
              novel66 25 December 2020 16: 50
              +1
              inflicting a specified damage on a given object.

              if not, how?
              1. iouris
                iouris 25 December 2020 20: 13
                +1
                It's elementary, Watson. I'm writing.
                1) Imagine. You are with a pistol, there is a tank in front of you. It is impossible to miss. You have 9 rounds (one for yourself). You "get" all the way. And sho? The tank continues to stand, there is only one cartridge left. You can be captured. Your actions?
                2) It is known that the probability of a direct "hit" into a tank (small-sized, point target) by an aerial bomb is negligible (practically zero, "0"). You are the commander of an assault air regiment (shap). Your task is to cause unacceptable damage to the object of action (kill the crew, damage the tank). You have a choice of bombs: 50 kg, 100 kg, 250 kg, 500 kg ... Accordingly, the aircraft outfit is 10, 6, 2, 1 (the numbers are taken from the ceiling). But your plane cannot lift 500 kg. Your actions?
                1. Reserve buildbat
                  Reserve buildbat 25 December 2020 21: 47
                  0
                  As far as I remember, in 1999. in Yugoslavia, the mattresses were seriously concerned about the destruction of the T-34-85 tank, which the Serbs removed from the pedestal and used as a bunker. According to the results, it turned out that 32 bombs were used for one stationary tank. GBU-32 like. Laser-guided. Each bomb is more expensive than a tank.
                2. novel66
                  novel66 26 December 2020 10: 32
                  +1
                  With bombs, everything is just clear, even 100 kg, falling next to tigers and panthers, caused significant damage, at least to the suspension, but! A 20 mm projectile is only capable of causing damage if it hits somewhere, unless it is a projectile
                  1. Grigory_45
                    Grigory_45 26 December 2020 14: 31
                    +1
                    Quote: novel xnumx
                    A 20 mm projectile is capable of inflicting damage only when it hits somewhere

                    The F-35 carries a four-barreled 25 mm GAU-22 / A Equalizer cannon. Armor-piercing shells, with a fragmented tungsten core, double action. They are able to penetrate light armor, after penetrating an obstacle, they are crushed into fragments, increasing the area of ​​damage.
                  2. iouris
                    iouris 26 December 2020 15: 31
                    0
                    Is it clear with the PM against the tank? Okay. Let's go.
                    1. novel66
                      novel66 27 December 2020 10: 52
                      0
                      pierce light armor, after penetration through an obstacle they are crushed into fragments, increasing the area of ​​damage.
                      but still need to get
      2. Reserve buildbat
        Reserve buildbat 25 December 2020 21: 42
        -2
        They proudly showed that a penguin can fire a cannon. I couldn't before. But there was no talk of "getting" laughing
    2. Stas Sv
      Stas Sv 26 December 2020 15: 36
      0
      Yeah, mattress mats there on the Mi-8 fly at night. Right over our camp.
  8. Al_lexx
    Al_lexx 25 December 2020 09: 59
    +5
    It's more likely not to talk about the F-35 as such, but about how the suspended cannon container was tested for it.
    By the way, quite a normal container. After all, the Americans are positioning their penguin as a versatile machine. So why not? Judging by the fact that they were shooting from a shallow angle, the gun was not there for air combat, but for attack (the same pirates and other barefoot). Well, in general .. You never know, but here the container is in stock. I just did not understand how it is suspended, in the sense that it also has hatches there. And it is also interesting how exactly the aiming equipment for the cannon was integrated into the vehicle, which was not originally designed for cannon armament. If at the level of a "plug-in" for the onboard computer, then it is quite a universal penguin for the Stars and Stripes Marines. I don't know why the people are boiling, flew, shoot, well, hell with him. ))
    1. Grigory_45
      Grigory_45 25 December 2020 11: 17
      +2
      Quote: Al_lexx
      I just did not understand how it is suspended, in the sense that it also has hatches there.

      the container does not interfere with the opening of the doors of the weapons compartment. Each compartment is covered with its own pair of doors, and the container with the cannon does not adhere to the fuselage, it seems to be made on a pylon.

      At one time I saw a photo of an F-35В with a cannon container and open doors, but now I could not find ((

      The Americans, in addition to the cannon container, bungled a couple of special ones, installed in the same place. An electronic warfare container (which will allow the Lightning to be used as a replacement for the Growler), as well as an electronic reconnaissance container, if you understand the translation correctly ("additional electronic sensors"). Perhaps as a target designation container for the use of PRLR
    2. Krasnoyarsk
      Krasnoyarsk 25 December 2020 14: 24
      +1
      Quote: Al_lexx
      I don't know why the people are boiling, flew, shoot, well, hell with him. ))

      I'm also surprised. And, most interestingly, many commentators try to speak of mattress toppers in a derogatory tone. We do not know what kind of warriors they are, especially if they meet in confrontation with a serious enemy, but porof. their training is at a high level. And their technique is serious, this is a fact. It is not inferior to ours, but in some ways it is superior. In aviation, we have always been in the role of catch-up.
      So, this potential adversary should be treated, though without trepidation, but seriously.
  9. APASUS
    APASUS 25 December 2020 10: 12
    -1
    ... In the state of Djibouti, in addition to the American military base, the PRC base is also located. This neighborhood clearly haunts the Pentagon. The United States has repeatedly tried to put pressure on the Djiboutian authorities to deny Beijing any further military presence. But the Djiboutian government is not going to do this.

    Interesting isn't it? This is what the US has no leverage.
    1. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 25 December 2020 15: 01
      0
      France probably has a strong influence there too.
  10. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 25 December 2020 10: 49
    -3
    A timid penguin cowardly hides a fat body in the UDC)))

    The video is not impressive at all. I flew - I shot somewhere there and nowhere.
    Of course, in the sky next to Somalia you can, there is no air defense system there))
  11. demo
    demo 25 December 2020 10: 57
    -1
    I never saw more than one shot.
    Flew, flew and that's it?
    1. Note
      Note 25 December 2020 11: 25
      +2
      All this zhzhzhzhzh .. for a reason.
    2. Grigory_45
      Grigory_45 26 December 2020 14: 10
      -1
      Quote: demo
      I never saw more than one shot

      queues (there were two) heard?
  12. Radikal
    Radikal 25 December 2020 11: 17
    0
    Judging by the video took off without the aid of a steam catapult? winked
    1. Note
      Note 25 December 2020 11: 27
      0
      Quite right. And this begs the second question. Where did it take off? And in general, why such violent activity in this region?
      1. Grigory_45
        Grigory_45 26 December 2020 14: 16
        +1
        Quote: Note
        Where did it take off?

        With the UDC "Wasp" (USS Wasp (LHD-1)), it was upgraded to be based on the F-35B, the VMFA-121 squadron of the Marine Corps


    2. Tsoy
      Tsoy 25 December 2020 11: 48
      +4
      Judging by the video took off without the aid of a steam catapult?


      Modification of the F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing aircraft. Takes off from short stripes without a catapult. Wasp-class amphibious assault ships are equipped with a flat deck, essentially a light aircraft carrier.
    3. Sentinel-vs
      Sentinel-vs 25 December 2020 12: 13
      +5
      The video clearly shows the characteristic deflected engine nozzle and the open cover of the vertical thrust fan just behind the cab. Due to all this, a shortened takeoff without catapults and jumps.

  13. Decimalegio
    Decimalegio 25 December 2020 11: 31
    +2
    Merry Christmas everyone
  14. Dzafdet
    Dzafdet 25 December 2020 12: 38
    -1
    What the hell did he get from the bottom of the fuselage? What kind of stealth is there?
  15. Ksanatos
    Ksanatos 25 December 2020 12: 49
    +2
    No matter what they say, but the device is good! We would be like that.
    1. Gardener91
      Gardener91 26 December 2020 15: 37
      0
      Quote: Ksanatos
      No matter what they say, but the device is good! We would be like that.

      It should be better, but cheaper.
  16. Radikal
    Radikal 25 December 2020 13: 48
    +2
    Quote: Sentinel-vs
    The video clearly shows the characteristic deflected engine nozzle and the open cover of the vertical thrust fan just behind the cab. Due to all this, a shortened takeoff without catapults and jumps.


    What can I say? It's okay, even though they are p-and_nd-o_s. sad
  17. Wolf
    Wolf 25 December 2020 16: 52
    +1
    son of a penguin and a cuckoo

    An excellent plane, just for the rich states, because it carries a small number of weapons, there are a lot of them and already on the ground it is intended to work as an air defense or as against ground targets. One and the other he can not even for a small amount of weapons.
    With a good radar, they will calmly send SU 35S to them to draw stars on board.
    6o if there are 5-10 of them per 1 SU35S and they will know that there is an air battle and take away the missiles for the aircraft, it can happen in different ways. laughing
  18. Kushka
    Kushka 26 December 2020 00: 06
    0
    [quote = Stepan S]They would have used a towed gun instead of a suspended container. Could be considered an innovation. [/quote]
    No, it will not be counted. Now, if planning, then quite.
  19. Gregory Charnota
    Gregory Charnota 26 December 2020 11: 37
    +1
    I saw six mi24 attacking a hill in Chechnya, an incredible sight too