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Exclusive: Biden Administration Approves Sale of 25 F-35 Fighter Jets to Israel

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The F-35 has been approved for full-scale production. In March, the US Department of Defense announced the long-awaited news. The F-35 is finally entering production. This aircraft was first flown almost twenty years ago.

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USA approved the sale F-35 (Image source: Twitter)

However, various questions have been raised about the aircraft among US officials. The F-35 is the most expensive weapons program in history.

This surprised many people because Lockheed Martin had already built about a thousand of these machines.

Learn about this aircraft The first version of the fifth-generation fighter jet, the F-35A, was introduced in 2006. In 2008, they tested the F-35B, and in 2010 – the carrier-based F-35C.

Production began in 2011. A year later the fighter was launched for training purposes and in 2015 it was put into service. First for the Marine Corps, then for the US Air Force and Navy.

But the plan was much more ambitious: in 2001 they promised to build 2852 by 2010. 23 years have passed, and the order portfolio including foreign customers has reached 3,481 units.

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  • 25 F-35 fighter jets
  • 500 MK82 500-pound bombs
  • 1,800 MK84 2,000-pound bombs

Exportation assumes a pivotal role: Washington, indeed, stands as the principal patron of the endeavor, albeit accompanied by 16 other nations: the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Norway, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Poland, Singapore, Finland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. The constituent elements are fabricated across seven nations.

The collaborative effort in crafting the fighter aircraft is mirrored in its exorbitant cost. The F-35 project stands as the most financially burdensome military endeavor to date, with the United States Government Accountability Office appraising it at a staggering $1.7 trillion. Initially, Lockheed Martin had envisioned a budget seven times more modest, totaling $233 billion.

The cumulative expenses encompass the production, utilization, and maintenance of the combat planes. Notably, a substantial portion, amounting to $1.3 billion, is allocated to the upkeep of the aircraft’s operational status.

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F-35 (Image source: Twitter)

Over two decades, the F-35 has metamorphosed into an emblem not solely of America’s military-industrial prowess but also its exorbitant costs and protracted development. As per the findings of the US Government Accountability Office, each hour of flight aboard the F-35 incurs a taxpayer burden of $42,000.

At first blush, meeting the ostensibly straightforward criterion of supersonic flight for a fifth-generation fighter aircraft proved daunting. Particularly for variants intended for carrier-based operations, prolonged supersonic flight jeopardizes stealth capabilities. The stealth coating deteriorates, the fuselage develops fissures, and the tail-mounted antennas malfunction.

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Joe Biden (Image source: Twitter)

Deficiencies were also unearthed in the propulsion system, resulting in several mishaps. In December 2022, an F-35B met with disaster during a vertical landing in Fort Worth, prompting a suspension of delivery and acceptance flights for two months.

Pilots have also voiced grievances regarding hypoxia, tallying approximately 40 incidents, with one such event in May 2020 culminating in a crash, though the pilot survived. Numerous incidents have been attributed to software glitches, while issues have also arisen with the touted helmet, priced at $400 thousand – equivalent to the cost of a luxury sports car.

Testers have reported frequent unresponsiveness of the touchscreen instrument panel in the cockpit, estimated to occur in 20% of instances.

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According to a September report by the Government Accountability Office, aircraft are partially combat-ready at 54.69%, with complete combat readiness achieved by only 27.75%, significantly below the desired levels.

NBC cited report author Dianne Maurer, who remarked, “If aircraft are only operable 55% of the time, while the target is 85-90%, taxpayers are not receiving commensurate value for their investment.”

The report further elucidated that in addition to extant issues, repair challenges have emerged due to a dearth of spare parts, compounded by the logistical complexities of operating across eight nations.

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Kim Jong-un Extends Warm Wishes to Putin on Russia Day

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On Wednesday, June 12, North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un sent a congratulatory telegram to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Russia Day.

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Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin 2019-04-25 (Photo: Wiki)

This time he expressed confidence in further strengthening the relationship between the two countries and future victory and prosperity. Russian Federation and DPRK, DPRK Central Telegraph Agency (KCNA) reported.

“I send warm congratulations and friendly greetings on behalf of the government and all the people of the DPRK to the president and in his person to the friendly government and people of Russia on the occasion of Russia Day,” the KCNA telegram quotes.

Kim Jong-un noted that under the “energetic and faithful leadership” of Putin, the Russian people “confidently” overcame various challenges such as sanctions and pressure from hostile forces, protected the sovereignty, security, and interests of the country and successfully move toward building a strong and prosperous Russia.

The DPRK leader added that the people of North Korea are “always happy about the successes of Russia,” their friendly neighbor, and express full support and solidarity for the army and people of the Russian Federation, who are fighting for “justice and truth.” Kim Jong-un expressed confidence that North Korean-Russian relations will continue to strengthen, stimulating the development of both countries and the establishment of “international justice.”

“Korean-Russian relations of friendship and cooperation, raised to the level of indestructible comradely relations, strategic relations for eternity thanks to the significant meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in September last year, are continuously strengthening and developing into interstate relations at a higher level… Henceforth on the path of the peoples of the two countries , firmly united by a common aspiration and ideal, there will always be only victory and prosperity,” Kim Jong-un emphasized.

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He also expressed confidence that Russia will succeed in building a “great, prosperous and powerful” state, and “with all my heart” wished Putin good health and even greater success.

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The United States’ Alleged Plan to Block China Using Taiwan: Insights from Chinese Ambassador Liu Shaobing

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Washington’s efforts will fail, China’s ambassador to Ankara Liu Shaobin said, adding that the US wants to use Taiwan to block China.

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“The situation in the Taiwan Strait is complex. There are forces advocating so-called Taiwan independence. These forces do not recognize the consensus previously reached between mainland China and Taiwan. They do not accept the ‘one China’ consensus.”

“Relying on American power, Taiwan is trying to achieve its independence. America also wants to block China using Taiwan. There is no way out, they will fail,” the Aydınlık newspaper quotes the diplomat as saying.

According to him, Beijing wants the American side to keep its promises.

“The declaration reached between China and the United States must be implemented and arms assistance to Taiwan must be stopped,” the ambassador said.

Conditions worsened when Nancy Pelosi visited the island in 2022.

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s Unplanned Landing in Vanadzor: Battling Bad Weather

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said his helicopter made an unscheduled landing in Vanadzor due to bad weather.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (Photo: Wikimedia)

All is well with him, he continues his journey by car.

“Everything is fine. Due to bad weather conditions, our helicopter made an unscheduled landing in Vanadzor. Now I am continuing my journey by car,” Pashinyan wrote on the social network Facebook*.

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