Russia’s 110-Ton Tu-160 Bomber Outran Japan’s F-35s

The F-35 has a maximum speed of just 1.4 Mach and can't use it's afterburners for more than a minute or it starts to melt

Tu-160 suffers from no comparable afterburner problems and can attain Mach 2

Recently, Business Insider magazine named the F-35 fighter one of the worst American developments. This aircraft is very expensive and has not yet got rid of a lot of shortcomings. The Air Force and Navy had high hopes for it, but it does not live up to them.

According to Sohu, on November 3rd the F-35A took part in an unpleasant incident. The Russian Tu-160 missile carrier carried out a planned flight over the Japanese Sea and was accompanied by two fighter jets. Suddenly, the bomber set the maximum wing sweep angle and turned on its afterburner, trying to break away from the escorts.

The F-35As tried to catch up with the Russian jet, but they couldn’t. The huge Tu-160 was still visible on radar screens, but quickly left the line-of-sight area. Thus, a 110-ton strategic bomber suddenly easily got rid of two 13-ton pursuers.

In terms of military features, it should be noted that the incident that Sohu writes about confirms one of the characteristic features of supersonic strategic bombers. High flight speed is one of the main ways of overcoming air defences. It allows to quickly reach the launch line of missiles or break through air defence zones or get away from fighter jets.

Tactical and technical characteristics of equipment also affected the results of the recent incident. The Russian Tu-160 reaches speeds of up to 2,200 km/h. The American F-35 with afterburn accelerates only up to 1930 km/h and can maintain such a speed for a very limited time. [The 1.6 Mach speed is theoretical, in practice pilots are told not to push it beyond Mach 1.3 or 1.4, and even then for no more than eighty or forty seconds respectively.]

Source:, translated by Stalker Zone

  1. chris chuba says

    I think the pro-F35 argument will be that the F35 just has to approach the bomber close enough to launch its anti-aircraft missiles and that with its stealth, the bomber will not know when or how to evade the F35. What is the max range of an F35 missile, 50 miles?

    Still, it’s a good point that a high speed bomber is much more effective and hard to defend against vs the traditional subsonic B52’s.

  2. OzricTentacle says

    There was an airshow in Belgium not that long ago, and the F35 was on display (not in the air though) and at the rear end there was a pretty large patch of – I suppose – stealth sheet that seemed to be in the process of peeling off. Belgium is also in the process of replacing it’s F16 fleet with F35’s…. I can only hope our Belgian fighter pilots will go on indefinite strike simply because they will have to fly an American duck, instead of all those cheaper/better/stronger/faster and much more agile fighters from around the world.

  3. mick says

    @realDonaldTrump dude your shit is shit!

    1. Jaime Osbourn says

      The F-35 was in development long before Trump got into office.

      1. mick says

        So what? Lots of General Managers post date the products of their corporation.

        1. Jaime Osbourn says

          And what does that statement have to do with Trump? Or even your first statement?

  4. JustPassingThrough says

    “Tokyo previously planned to procure 42 F-35A models. However, a source
    close to the program confirmed that Japan will be adding 63 F-35A
    models, as well as 42 F-35B models, for a total of 147 F-35 fighters.”

    incidently JP is also part of the u.s. Blue Dot initiative. are you worried?

  5. maszki says

    Oh dear………

  6. thomas malthaus says

    Remove the armaments and sell them at discount to wealthy military-oriented aviation pilots. They prefer a sizable tax deduction when purchasing toys and they’ll likely receive one.

    Other than that, they may be “targeted” as some country’s target practice inventory.

    Make America Inferior Again (MAIA).

  7. Mikhail Garchenko says

    …bur Russain planes, idiots..! LOL..!!! 😀 😀 😀

  8. Séamus Ó Néill says

    Surely the F-35 could be converted into a chicken coup or something useful…expensive, I know, but they’re already built so you must be able to put them to some good use.

    1. Ilya says

      F-35 henge in DC!

  9. Jorge Trevino says

    The F-35 crap will reach the Anthropology and History museums before reaching mass production 🤭

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