Fighter of the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II is the only aircraft, capable of withstanding Russian troops in the event of a possible military conflict in Europe. This is stated in the report of the American strategic think tank RAND, According to Defense News.
according to the report, the F-35 fighter will become the main fighter in Europe in the future, whose main task will be to confront Russia.
NATO's capabilities in intense conflict with Russia will improve with the arrival of hundreds of fifth-generation fighters in the 2020s
– the document says.
is approved, that in the event of the outbreak of hostilities, the F-35 will be able to penetrate the Russian air defense systems, “making a significant combat contribution from the first hours”. Military conflict may arise, According to American analysts, when, if Moscow, using “imbalance in the region” will try to occupy any part of NATO territory.
In this way, European countries, already signed a contract for the supply of F-35, improve their air force, to carry out joint operations of a new fighter in the future.
At the same time, the report emphasizes, that modern aviation of European countries, not in service with fifth generation fighters F-35, “not capable of breaking through Russian air defense”.
(…) the ability to break through the Russian air defense by combat aviation of European countries, not having fifth generation fighters, in particular France and Germany, limited
– approved in the report.