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F-35 fighter jets have a lot of problems, South Korea has difficulty operating its

As we know, F-35 fighter jets are the most sought-after stealth aircraft by various countries to defend their airspace.

However, news did not unexpectedly come from South Korea. The country has purchased F-35 fighter jets from the US and is rumored to have had a lot of difficulties when operating them.

Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jets, touted as an important component in deterring this North Korean threat, are experiencing severe maintenance problems.

A South Korean lawmaker said F-35A fighter jets operated by the Korean Air Force were not ready for operation 234 times over the past 18 months to last June due to malfunctions.

Rep Shin Won-sik of the ruling People's Power Party revealed data on the problems facing the F-35 in a bid to be fully operational.

He mentioned that 62 cases in which the F-35A could fly but could not complete certain missions. Disclosing the information, monitoring the need for the South Korean military to make significant efforts in introducing and enhancing such developments.

In contrast, for 18 months, the older generation fighter jets F-4E and F-5 were ground 26 and 28 times, respectively. Nevertheless, the F-35A achieved an operating rate of 75%. This suggests that maintaining a posture of readiness is not a problem.

On the other hand, the ROK air force acknowledged the difficulty of obtaining defect-related parts on the newly launched model. Previously the issue of F-35A readiness was also highlighted by the Royal Australian Air Force.

In February 2022, official records indicated that Australia's F-35A fighter jets would fly longer than previously thought. It sparked a nationwide about the capabilities and lives of the Royal Australian Air Force.

The F-35 was in the design stage when Australia approved in 2002 to order up to 100 units of F-35 fighter jets.

The emergence of many problems found in the F-35 fighter jets, makes other countries doubt the quality and this of course has a bad impact on the fighter jet maker and the US economy.

It is possible that countries that have hopes for F-35 fighter jets will think of a replacement. Of course in this case the SU-57 fighter jet is equivalent to the F-35 fighter jet.

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