Crashed F35 and Keeping the Secrets

What’s amusing to see are these and similar news reports on the US working to keep “F35 secrets from Russia and China.” Why would this be? Because the previous Deputy Prime Minister of Israel was Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman was born to a Russian-speaking Jewish family in Kishinev, Russia under what was the previous Soviet Union. In addition to this, there are many Russian engineers and technicians working in Israel’s tech sector and military sector. They left for Israel when the Soviet Union collapsed. Russia and Israel have a very close relationship often misunderstood in the US. In all likelihood, Russia has accessed “F35 secrets” as well as China a long time ago. The Israeli firm Elbit Systems manufacturers the $430,000 advanced F-35 fighter jet helmet for Lockheed Martin.

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Source: Nikkei Asian Review

US scrambles to keep F-35’s secrets safe from Russia and China

Stealth fighter to play key role in missile defense shield

by TETSURO KOSAKA, Nikkei senior staff writer | April 14, 2019

TOKYO — The U.S. and Japan have deployed an unprecedented amount of resources to search for the wreckage of a Japanese fighter jet with advanced technology that could potentially tip the balance of air supremacy if Russian or Chinese forces find it first.

Ever since the Aichi Prefecture-made F-35A stealth fighter disappeared from radar off the Japanese coast Tuesday, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and U.S. military have scrambled planes and ships in a frantic search in the Pacific Ocean for the wreckage and the jet’s pilot, Major Akinori Hosomi, who is still missing.

P-8A patrol planes, used to search for submarines, have been deployed in the search, as well as the USS Stethem, a destroyer equipped with powerful Aegis radar. It was learned that B-52 bombers were also dispatched from an air base in Guam.

The U.S. has placed a never-before-seen level of priority on this crash. That is likely because the F-35A is expected to play a crucial role in the future of modern warfare. Indeed, the crash of an F/A-18 fighter jet after it collided with a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft off Japan’s coast in December, killing six people onboard, did not prompt the same wide-scale search to find the F-35A.

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