£100m F-35 fighter jet that toppled off HMS Queen Elizabeth is FOUND

Wreckage of £100m F-35 fighter jet that toppled off HMS Queen Elizabeth is FOUND on Mediterranean seabed – as top security adviser says recovery will be ‘cautiouswith Putin’s navy likely to be watching

  • The £100million F-35 fighter jet that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on take-off has been found
  • Aircraft plunged into the sea earlier this month while conducting routine flying operations in the region
  • It accelerated up ramp of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight deck, before pilot ejected when plane reached top
  • The incident triggered underwater race to find the wreckage before Russian divers could get there first
  • Top security adviser said ‘cautiousapproach will be taken over recovery as Moscow is likely to be watching
  • F-35 fiasco: How Britain’s £100m fighter jet crashed and why it matters

    What happened to the F-35?

    One of Britain’s £100million F-35 fighter jets crashed in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this month. MoD officials said it plunged into the waters while conducting routine flying operations in the region on take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth. The pilot managed to eject the plane before the aircraft ditched.

    A sailor leaked film of the warplane crashing into the sea on take-off. In a shocking security breach, the 16-second clip was copied using a smartphone and put on Twitter. The film is of poor quality and not operationally sensitive, but its appearance on social media has dismayed Navy bosses.

    So what happened next?

    The incident triggered a frantic underwater race to find the wreckage. Britain is understood to have worked with the Americans to recover the jet. 操作, 笼罩在秘密中, is understood to have involved divers, 微型潜艇和充气袋,可用于将飞机升至地中海表面.

    What caused the crash?

    It is unclear what exactly caused the crash. 然而, investigators suspect the jet plummeted into the Mediterranean while taking off because the cheap rain covers had not been taken off properly.

    Officials believe the rain cover was sucked into the stealth plane’s engine as it took off from the flight deck of the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

    Why did security officials panic over the crash?

    The crash is embarrassing for the Government. The plane was the first F-35B that Britain has lost and the incident is the first mishap for both the RAF’s F-35B fleet and for HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s biggest aircraft carrier.

    It raises questions about the quality of the F-35B, 其中英国目前有 24. The UK is set to buy 138 of the jets from US aviation giant Lockheed Martin for £9.1billion in the coming years, 与 48 of those expected to be delivered by 2025.

    美国设计的飞机上的技术, 包括绝密雷达和传感器, 非常敏感,因为它允许 F-35 “隐形”飞行’ in hostile territory at supersonic speeds – meaning it would be of interest to rivals such as Russian.

    然而, it is likely that China already knows all there is to know about the jet due to its advanced spying.

    Is this the first time an F-35B has crashed?

    没有, this is the seventh time an F-35B has crashed.

    • 六月 23, 2014 – A USAF F-35A had a catastrophic engine fire caused by a fractured rotor which saw it turn into a blaze as it took off in Florida;
    • 十月 27, 2016 – A US Marine Corp F-35B set alight mid-flight due to a fire in its weapons bay before the pilot landed safely in Beaufort, 南卡罗来纳;
    • 九月 28, 2018 – All operational F-35s were grounded while a probe was launched into why a fuel tube failed in flight after a horror crash at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina;
    • 四月 9, 2019 – Parts of the tail of a Japanese F-35 were found in the sea around 85 训练任务期间,三泽以东数英里;
    • 可能 19, 2020 – This F-35 crash on landing was caused by a tired, 分心的飞行员和反应迟钝的尾部故障;
    • 九月 20, 2020 – A F-35 stealth fighter jet fell out of the sky and exploded on the ground after hitting a KC-130J tanker in a mid-air collision near the Salton Sea in Imperial County, 加利福尼亚州.
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    The F-35 fighter jet that crashed into the Mediterranean on take-off from Britain’s £3billion aircraft carrier has been found.

    The £100million aircraft plunged into the sea earlier this month while conducting routine flying operations in the region.

    It accelerated up the ramp of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight deck, before the pilot ejected when the plane reached the top.

    The incident triggered a frantic underwater race to find the wreckage of the F-35B stealth jet and secure the crash site a mile below the surface before Russian divers could get there first.

    It is unclear what exactly caused the crash. 然而, investigators suspect the jet plummeted into the Mediterranean while taking off because the cheap rain covers had not been taken off properly.

    Officials believe the rain cover was sucked into the stealth plane’s engine as it took off from the flight deck of the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

    National Security Adviser Sir Stephen Lovegrove told MPs that a cautious approach will be taken over its recovery as Moscow is likely to be watching. He declined to reveal why the accident occurred.

    The official told the Commons Defence Committee yesterday: ‘The pilot was recovered safely and is still undergoing medical checks. We are hopefully that he will be absolutely fine. It would be premature of me to comment on the reasons for the accident.

    ‘The recovery of the flight data recorder and the wreckage are really vital for an accurate investigation to determine the causes of the crash. Clearly the swift recovery of the aircraft is what we would like to do and we are working closely with allies on the mechanics of that. We haven’t got the plane up yet.

    ‘We are aware of Russian undersea capabilities, and you are quite right to identify them as being state of the art.

    ‘The kinds of precautions and operations that we are undertaking at the moment are designed at least in part to ensure that the technology of the F-35 remains as confidential as you would like it to be. Those security aspects are very much at the top of our mind.

    ‘My understanding is that the experts know where the aircraft is.

    Sir Stephen was also questioned about growing fears of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine as tensions in eastern Europe simmer. Yesterday the Foreign Secretary and the head of MI6 warned the Kremlin against taking any action against Kiev that it would regret.

    ‘What I would say to anybody in Russia considering this is there is never going to be a good time to make an incursion into Ukraine,’ Sir Stephen said.

    ‘They should not make the mistake of interpreting a withdrawal from Afghanistan as a lack of willingness on the part of Western allies to stand up for sovereign democracies, wherever they are in the world but certainly in mainland Europe.

    ‘I am aware that Russian actions sometimes seem to be driven by an opportunistic type of motivation, and I would counsel them very, very clearly not to fall into that trap now. I can absolutely assure the committee and my Russian counterpart that there will be considerably more activity than a mere condemnation.

    The plane was the first F-35B that Britain has lost and the incident is the first mishap for both the RAF’s F-35B fleet and for HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s biggest aircraft carrier.

    It raises questions about the quality of the F-35B, 其中英国目前有 24. The UK is set to buy 138 of the jets from US aviation giant Lockheed Martin for £9.1billion in the coming years, 与 48 of those expected to be delivered by 2025.

    美国设计的飞机上的技术, 包括绝密雷达和传感器, 非常敏感,因为它允许 F-35 “隐形”飞行’ in hostile territory at supersonic speeds – meaning it would be of interest to rivals such as Russian.

    然而, it is likely that China already knows all there is to know about the jet due to its advanced spying.

    飞行员, 谁受了轻伤, ejected and his parachute can be seen floating down towards the water. He was quickly recovered but the jet glided underwater to an estimated depth of more than a mile. It was one of eight British F-35s aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth. 总体, the UK has 24 F-35s and this was the first major incident involving any.

    The F-35 is a cutting-edge warplane with stealth and intelligence-gathering capabilities which can fly at supersonic speeds without being detected on radar.

    It recently emerged that Russia had been playing close attention to HMS Queen Elizabeth with a significant increase in aircraft activity nearby. The 65,000-ton ship is sailing back to Britain after her maiden voyage around the world.

    Soon after taking off on 'routine exercise' from the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, the F-35B Lightning (档案图片) ditched into the sea and a rescue team was sent out to recover the pilot

    Soon after taking off on ‘routine exercisefrom the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, the F-35B Lightning (档案图片) ditched into the sea and a rescue team was sent out to recover the pilot

    通过潜入国际水域, 坠机事件引发了一场争夺,在外国势力到达之前从海床上恢复下一代喷气式飞机, 特别是俄罗斯. 以上: 伊丽莎白女王号的档案图片

    通过潜入国际水域, 坠机事件引发了一场争夺,在外国势力到达之前从海床上恢复下一代喷气式飞机, 特别是俄罗斯. 以上: 伊丽莎白女王号的档案图片

    New footage has emerged which appears to show the moment a £100m fighter jet crashes into the Mediterranean during an operation onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth on November 17

    Video appears to capture the moment the pilot ejects from the jet as it leaves the flight deck

    New footage has emerged which appears to show the moment a £100m fighter jet crashes into the Mediterranean during an operation onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth on November 17

    An RAF pilot was forced to eject over the Mediterranean, 让他价值 1 亿英镑的隐形飞机坠入大海

    An RAF pilot was forced to eject over the Mediterranean, 让他价值 1 亿英镑的隐形飞机坠入大海

    The F35s can hover as the come into land meaning the need a smaller flight deck. 图为, an F-35B fighter jet prepares to land on the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Arabian Sea, off Mumbai's coast on October 21

    The F35s can hover as the come into land meaning the need a smaller flight deck. 图为, an F-35B fighter jet prepares to land on the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Arabian Sea, off Mumbai’s coast on October 21

    F-35 pilot ‘was left dangling from flight deck after ejecting

    The unnamed pilot who ejected from the stricken F-35 jet was then left dangling left from the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier which he had taken off from.

    Rockets in his plane’s seat blasted him more than 100feet upwards before his parachute opened.

    But a source told The Sun that when the pilot floated back down towards the warship, he ‘came within inchesof hitting the flight deck. 代替, a cross-wind is said to have blown him sideways, where his parachute lines then became snagged on the edge of the 900feet long runway.

    The quick-thinking pilot was then left dangling from the edge of the warship, around 60feet above the water.

    He pulled an escape pin which released him from his harness and he then plunged into the water.

    A search and rescue helicopter was then used to pluck him out of the water.

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    Sources told the Sun the pilot realised the issue and tried to abort take-off but was unable to stop the plane before the end of the ship’s runway.

    They said naval personnel realised the issue ‘almost right away’ 因为在飞行前拆除盖子和引擎盖的规则“非常严格”.

    Commander Tom Sharpe, a former Royal Navy officer told Sky News: ‘Given how close the aircraft ditched to the bow, and the speed of the ship on launch, the likelihood of it hitting the bow of the ship (under the waterline) would be quite high.

    ‘Warship steel is not that thick so, even despite the weight discrepancy between the two, I would want the compartments near the bow checked immediately… I would then want the hull dived on at the first opportunity, just to be sure.

    The UK had worked with the US on a mission to recover the wreckage which is believed to be more than a mile below the surface.

    操作, 笼罩在秘密中, 被理解为涉及潜水员, 微型潜艇和充气袋,可用于将飞机升至地中海表面.

    The incident is the first mishap for the RAF’s F-35B fleet and for the £3billion aircraft carrier which left the UK seven months ago.

    The technology onboard the US-designed aircraft, 包括绝密雷达和传感器, 非常敏感,因为它允许 F-35 “隐形”飞行’ 在敌方领土以超音速飞行.

    英国皇家空军将闪电描述为能够进行空对地打击和电子战的第五代战斗机.

    飞机使用一系列传感器在敌方空域中不被发现.

    据了解,伊丽莎白女王号上不仅有八架英国 F-35,还有十架美国飞机.

    他们进行了一些 2,000 起飞和降落无事故. 未部署在载体上时, 英国的 F-35B 驻扎在诺福克的 RAF Marham,作为 617 中队 ('Dambusters').

    The Ministry of Defence previously said: ‘We are aware of a video circulating online. It is too soon to comment on causes

    ‘Recovery efforts are ongoing and the Defence Accident Investigation Branch will report back their preliminary findings in due course.

    F-35: 为 HMS Elizabeth 服务的飞机是如何遇到问题的

    英国皇家空军新的交付, 美制F-35B闪电II联合攻击战斗机7月 2021 在一个陷入困境的项目中标志着一个罕见的庆祝时刻.

    “第五代”’ 战斗机是世界上最昂贵的武器系统, 尽管成本最终稳定在令人瞠目结舌的 4060 亿美元.

    在美国总统唐纳德特朗普批评该项目甚至在推特上支持竞争对手的飞机后,制造商洛克希德-马丁公司同意限制成本.

    英国目前正在启动一项 91 亿英镑的购买计划 48 F-35 的, 来自美国航空巨头洛克希德马丁公司, 通过 2025.

    6 月,首批四架 F-35B 闪电 II 飞机中的一架抵达诺福克的马勒姆皇家空军基地 6, 2018

    6 月,首批四架 F-35B 闪电 II 飞机中的一架抵达诺福克的马勒姆皇家空军基地 6, 2018

    美国通过提供制造和投入,诱使北约和其他盟国分担飞机的成本。 15 每架飞机的百分比都由英国公司的零件组成,而一些喷气式飞机将在意大利制造.

    但是这些飞机一直受到一系列问题的困扰,这些问题导致成本飙升.

    人们担心支撑新一代战机的技术系统存在缺陷将导致它们无法正常运行.

    今年交付的英国飞机的真实成本估计每架超过 1.5 亿英镑,以支付“额外费用”’ 例如软件升级和备件.

    还有人担心飞机的软件系统容易受到网络攻击,英国无法独立测试.

    皇家海军主要航空母舰“伊丽莎白女王”号上的弱宽带也阻碍了这架喷气式飞机的能力.

    负责飞机运营所必需的计算机网络的部门没有帮助解决这些问题,今年需要节省 4 亿英镑.

    对成本和其他问题的报告促使国防特别委员会对该项目进行了调查.

    它谴责国防部让议会和公众对成本一无所知.

    到目前为止,国防部拒绝向英国提供购买 F-35 的估计成本, 除了提到使用 91 亿英镑数字的国家审计署.

    国会议员表示,“国防部拒绝向议会和公众披露其对该计划总成本的估计是完全不可接受的”.

    尽管 F-35 的成本一直是关注的焦点, 也有令人尴尬的报道称美国出现了操作缺陷.

    在一场模拟空战中 2015, 尖端飞机被老一代的 F-16 击败, 1970 年代设计的飞机.

    在 2020 五角大楼测试发现 276 喷气式战斗系统的不同故障.

    它们包括过度振动的 25 毫米加农炮和飞机“虚拟现实”的问题’ 头盔

    过热, 垂直尾翼组件的过早磨损和易受火灾影响也被发现是问题.

    美国空军在调查氧气供应问题时暂时停飞了数十架 F-35 隐形战斗机.

    海军陆战队, 他们也操作英国购买的相同 F-35B 型号, 在计算机系统中发现缺陷后被迫停飞.

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