New Stealth Jet Lost to 40-Year-Old F-16

    An F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on a training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in this March 6, 2012 file photo. Canada is poised to buy 65 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, sources familiar with the process told Reuters, marking a major renewal of Canada's fighter fleet and helping contain costs of the expensive defense program.

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    The beleagured, $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has suffered its latest setback. A new report indicates the fighter jet was walloped in a battle with the outdated F-16. The F-35 stealth jet was meant to be the crown jewel in America’s next-generation air force, but the scathing test-pilot report reveals the new jet can’t turn fast enough to fight off other jets in close aerial combat. In a press release in response to the criticism, F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin said, “The F-35’s technology is designed to engage, shoot, and kill its enemy from long distances.” The new report raises serious alarm as many analysts question the steath jet’s ability to combat new Russian and Chinese fighter jets. 

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