How did this happen?
Well the Russians focused on what is achievable while American technologists got drawn into a lot of Hollywood fantasy stuff. And the result was:
The Lockheed Martin F-35 is not only an extremely expensive aircraft, but is also probably the most software-driven plane ever constructed. And ironically, it is a new software glitch that now threatens the US Air Force’s plans to finally declare F-35 operationally deployable in the near future.
Problems with the F-35 have included flaws in its fuel and hydraulic systems, poor cockpit visibility, faulty radar and ejection seats that don't work. The entire fleet was grounded in 2014 after an engine caught fire as a test pilot prepared to take off.
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