F-35B begins its brief take-off from the USS America with a
load of external weapons.
Preliminary tests and defense experts indicate that
the F-35 could use air-to-air missiles to intercept ballistics
missiles like those that are being tested by North Korea.
The current missile defenses of the US UU they really do not work,
and air-to-air interception seems much more promising.
The Pentagon seems reluctant to institute new
technologies, but the current crisis with North Korea can call
But using the F-35 to shoot down a missile could be
seen as an act of war by North Korea.
The F-35, the most expensive weapon system in the history of the
world that boosters say they can do almost anything on the air
combat, has a new potential mission: to shoot down
intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Ballistic missiles, such as the type of North Korea has been perfecting to fall
nuclear weapons in the United States pose a great threat to the United States. UU
return to the atmosphere more than a dozen times the speed of
Currently, the US UU They use advanced radars and warheads without
explosive charges to incoming missiles "hit to kill". This method
has been compared to hitting a bullet with a
bullet and has only been really successful against short-range without sophistication
objectives or test dummies.
Actually, nobody knows if the US missile defenses. UU
North Korea would really work, and there are many reasons to doubt it.
And advanced ICBMs with multiple warheads or decoy warheads can
the most likely thing is to completely confuse and
make useless missile defenses .
But before an ICBM accelerates to Mach 13, it is removed
launch pad and it moves at full speed and the entire missile,
Ojiva, and everything is together in a single objective.
At that time, why not shoot it down with an air-to-air missile
of an F-35?
The F-35 as a missile interceptor
Department of Defense
The US Air Force UU It has had air-to-air missiles that are kept warm,
flying targets for decades, and an ICBM is essentially that in
his first stage.
And it's not just a theory. In 2007, Lockheed Martin received $ 3
million to investigate a hit-and-kill air-to-air missile system. In
2014, a test seemed to prove the concept.
But the F-35 program, usually not one to avoid bragging
about his achievements, he has been silenced about the possibility of
defeating one of the most serious threats to the United States.
"I can tell you that the F-35 is a multi-mission fighter"
Commander Patrick Evans of the Office of the Secretary of Defense
He told Business Insider when he was asked about the program. "Could be
inadequate to speculate about future capabilities or missions of
the weapon system. "
Rep. Duncan Hunter, member of the Armed Services of the House of Representatives
Committee, I was more open to speculate on why the Pentagon
it had not happened with missiles intercepting airplanes.
"Very simply, what we are trying to do is shoot [air-to-air
missiles] outside the F-35 in the first 300 seconds that the
missile to go up in the air, "Hunter said during a month of November
meeting on Capitol Hill with missile defense defense
Alliance, noted Inside Defense. Hunter
He also noted that in some places, North Korea is only 75 years old.
miles across, within range of the F-35 missile, Aviation Week notes.
Hunter blamed a broken industrial defense complex for not picking up
until air-air interception before.
"There is not a retired general who works for company A who
says: & # 39; I would like to do that that does not cost money and
he does not give me a contract. "Nobody says that," Hunter said,
Interior defense pointed. In fact, EE. UU Has spent $ 40 billion on land-based
interception of missiles with a system that barely works to show
An F-35 missile interceptor on North Korea may be an act of war
The US Marine Corps F-35B fires an AIM-120 missile during tests in
Base of the Eglin Air Force, Florida.
Courtesy of the Joint Program
The F-35 and the current crisis with North Korea may require
some convenience of the Pentagon. The F-35, with its appearance of all
stealth, it is ideal to break into the north
Protected airspace of Korea . You can now use the missile in
question, and its sensor fusion makes it the ideal plane for the
The only drawback is that the F-35 needs to approach the
missile since it's coming out of the launch pad, which means firing
missiles over enemy territory, something that North Korea could see as
an act of war.
But if North Korea's missile is not a test, and a real threat
for the USA UU or its allies, the interceptions of F-35 could be a game
Changer USA UU supposedly knew from the north
Last launch of Korea three days in advance despite their efforts
to hide the preparations, what it would give to EE. UU long time
to place the F-35 in its place.
There is also the issue that North Korea discovered that the F-35
could effectively neutralize its nuclear force, and then how
Pyongyang would react to the virtually undetectable aircraft
anywhere near its borders. The F-35 was a nightmare for North
Korean defenses before missile intercept prospectus arrived
For now, at least one member of the Armed Services of the House of Representatives
The committee seems to think that the F-35 is the best bet to give
USA UU An asymmetric advantage against the nuclear weapons of North Korea.