As announced in Sea Control episode #26, this episode is the East Atlantic edition, hosted by Alexander Clarke, Principal Researcher of the Phoenix Think Tank. He is joined by Steve George, former engineer with the F-35 program and a Royal Navy veteran. From a British perspective, they discuss possible challenges, misconceptions and rumours about the Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II program. For example: Could the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant F-35B burn holes into a carrier deck? Has the F-35 program a weight problem? Is it worth to go through all the problems to make the F-35 stealthy? How capable will be the combination between the F-35B and the coming Queen Elizabeth class carriers?
The Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank. It was formed in 2012 to bring together forward-thinkers from a variety of fields to examine the capabilities, threats, hotspots, and opportunities for security in the maritime domain. Check out the NextWar blog to join the discussion. CIMSEC encourages a diversity of views and is currently accepting membership applications here.