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The U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, which are taking part in military operation in Syria, have started to lose their radar-absorbing coating.
As reported by Aviation Week in fact the radar-absorbing coating, that hides the Raptor from radars, warped and started to peel off. According to the USAF one of the reasons of this problem are climatic conditions affecting the area of operations.
A claim confirmed by John Cottam, head of the F-22 program of Lockheed Martin, who noted that external factors, such as rain and sand dust, not only wrinkle and peel off the coating but also turn it into its original liquid state.
originally posted by: Arnie123
I feel wierd...
Like, we wouldn't ever hear about disclosures on advance military platforms in the 50s.
I mean, is this ok? Or am I just running off old hardware in regards to military secrets.
For the record, I don't know how secretive a spray on radar absorbtion is.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Wide-Eyes
Something needs doing. Our current aircraft are literally falling out of the skies, and parts are beyond scarce. They're retiring some to get parts for others, and stripping their hangar queens.