Among the many shortcomings identified during the operation of the 5th generation F-35 fighter, one of the most critical is the extremely limited time during which it can fly at supersonic speed. What is especially interesting, the Pentagon does not consider it necessary to deal with this problem, despite the fact that the F-35 development program cost the US budget 1 trillion. dollars.
The F-35 is available in three versions: the F-35A for the Air Force; F-35B with vertical take-off for the Marine Corps and the deck version for the Navy F-35C.
The main problem with flying at supersonic speed for the F-35 is overheating of the hull at high altitudes, which leads to damage to the stealth cover and antenna at the rear of the aircraft. In the first case, the fighter becomes easy prey for the enemy's radars, in the second, there are communication problems.
As a result, supersonic flight for the F-35 is limited to a short segment, which, in particular, makes it unsuitable for interception. Experts' assessments of this problem were divided. Some believe that the F-35 does not require such a long supersonic flight as, for example, the F-22. Others, on the other hand, believe that the lack of speed reduces a fighter's chances in aerial combat.
Probably, such an attitude of the developers to the speed characteristics of the F-35 is explained by the fact that it was designed as an "ambush predator", which, using its stealth and great capabilities for network communication, will destroy the enemy before it detects it.
The question remains, how can the adversary take advantage of the F-35's many problems when planning their missions? It is obvious that he will try to impose air combat on him and deprive the F-35 of all its advantages.