Russia’s 110-Ton Tu-160 Bomber Outran Japan’s F-35s
Russia’s 110-Ton Tu-160 Bomber Outran Japan’s F-35s by Topwar.ru via Check Point Asia
The F-35 has a maximum speed of just 1.4 Mach and can’t use it’s afterburners for more than a minute or it starts to melt.
Recently, Business Insider magazine named the F-35 fighter one of the worst American developments. This aircraft is very expensive and has not yet got rid of a lot of shortcomings. The Air Force and Navy had high hopes for it, but it does not live up to them.
According to Sohu, on November 3rd the F-35A took part in an unpleasant incident. The Russian Tu-160 missile carrier carried out a planned flight over the Japanese Sea and was accompanied by two fighter jets. Suddenly, the bomber set the maximum wing sweep angle and turned on its afterburner, trying to break away from the escorts.
The F-35As tried to catch up with the Russian jet, but they couldn’t. The huge Tu-160 was still visible on radar screens, but quickly left the line-of-sight area. Thus, a 110-ton strategic bomber suddenly easily got rid of two 13-ton pursuers.
In terms of military features, it should be noted that the incident that Sohu writes about confirms one of the characteristic features of supersonic strategic bombers. High flight speed is one of the main ways of overcoming air defences.It allows to quickly reach the launch line of missiles or break through air defence zones or get away from fighter jets.