The website C4ISRNet reported that, the German
radar-maker Hensoldt has claimed that it managed to track two American made F 35 stealth fighter
jets from a pony farm for almost 100 miles or around 150 km during an air show. The Hensoldt’s passive radar system TwInvis
accomplished this during Berlin Air Show in late 2018. Reports indicate that TwInvis radar system
is equipped with sophisticated sensors and processors and is capable of bypassing the
F-35’s stealth technology. Though it’s not fully clear the exact method
used by the radar , but some details indicate that it can observe electromagnetic emissions
in the atmosphere to detect the stealth jets. In this video Defense Updates analyzes how
German made radar managed to detect F 35 5th generation stealth fighter ?
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is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters is undergoing final
development and testing by the United States. The Pentagon began the F 35 program in 2001
with an aim to develop a cost-effective replacement for the U.S. military’s F15 fighters, F
16 and F18 fighter bombers and reconnaissance aircraft and A10 close in support warplanes. The F-35 has three main models: the conventional
takeoff and landing F-35A (CTOL), the short take-off and vertical-landing F-35B (STOVL),
and the catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery, carrier-based F-35C (CATOBAR) Apart from the United States, the primary
customer and financial backer, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Turkey,
Australia, Norway, and Denmark are also part of the program. Many other nations like Japan and Israel are
also deploying the fighters. The nine major partner nations, including
the U.S, plan to acquire over 2,000 F-35s through 2035, which, if delivered will make
the F-35 one of the most numerous jet fighters. On 2 August 2016, the U.S. Air Force declared
its first squadron of F-35A fighters combat-ready. The fighter aircraft are expected to remain
in service till 2050. The program has been struggling with cost
overruns and technical issues but it now seems to have slowly matured and in a recent deal
the unit price of the F-35A moved below $80 million. The unique selling point of F 35 is its stealth
characteristics. F 35 has the lowest Radar Cross Section (RCS)
of all the jets except the F 22 Raptor. • Against x-band radars, it is stealthy
from front and rear • Against S-band radar, it is stealthy from
the narrow front aspect • Against L-band radar, the limited reduction
is achieved from direct front Classified techniques have also been used
to reduce the heat signature of F 35. This thermal profile management of the jet
makes it difficult for Infrared (IR) homing missiles to target it. All in all, it is a very Low Observable (LO)
platform and this gives it the ability to penetrate even heavily defended enemy airspace. As per reports, the incident is related to
two F-35 planes that were sent to Germany from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona for the
Berlin event. It is important to note that the F-35s didn’t
take to the skies during the event and Hensoldt was not able to try its radar on the jet. But the company didn’t lose heart and waited
for the jets to take to the sky. Its waiting game paid off as it got information
that F 35s were preparing to leave for the U.S from Germany. Hensoldt activated the TwInvis radar system
located at a nearby pony farm. Later on, it was revealed that the TwInvis
was able to detect the F 35s up to 100 miles or around 150 km from the base. Lockheed Martin which is the designer of the
jet was questioned in this regard. The corporation’s spokesman Michael Friedman
wrote in a statement to Defence News that “when the F-35 is not flying operational
missions that require stealth — for example, at air shows, ferry flights or training — they
ensure air traffic controllers and others are able to track their flight to manage airspace
safety.” He added, “The Air Force can best address
questions related to their F-35s participation at the Berlin Air Show” The assertion indicates the potential circumstances
in which the F 35s were detected. It seems that the F 35s were not in stealth
mode and had its radar reflectors turned on. Radar reflectors are used to make the LO (Low
Observable) aircraft visible to radars and generally used when the stealth jets participate
in events like airshows. They are activated so that ATC (Air Traffic
Control) can track and guide them. Another reason for using the reflectors is
that the actual radar returns of the jet are camouflage and the observing sensors like
the once deployed by Hensoldt can’t gather actual data. This is aimed at keeping the radar profile
of the jet – a secret. As for as this incident is concerned, it seems
that TwInvis passive-radar was able to detect the F 35s as it was allowed to. It is important to note that Hensoldt had
earlier stated that the TwInvis passive-radar works even if the radar reflectors are not
turned on though there is no way to independently validate it.


  1. Jesus. I have to wait almost 7 minutes for you to explain that the reason the German company could see the F-35 was because it was not in stealth mode?
    You could have explained that in 30 seconds…but you hooked us in to make more YouTube money.
    Childish…I am no longer subscribed to your channel.

  2. Did it manage to detect or lock on? Massive difference. Did the F-35s have RAM in use and the RCS emitters switched off?

    I would like to know as this would may a huge difference to the Germans radar capability.

  3. Give me a break- an air show really?? WOW The plane is not on a combat mission it has to have its transponders on so civilian aircraft can avoid a collision ie SAFETY- most likely its avionics and combat capabilities are TURNED OFF so no one can record their electronic emissions- no one said this plane has a Romulan cloaking device for invisibility – if the plane is a turd then how did IAF F-35 complete a successful reconnaissance mission over Iran without Iranian S-300 and S-400 batteries not even firing a shot?? This reminds me of the Czech’s claiming their radar can detect an F-111 stealth fighter in the 1990s- YAWN nice marketing ploy for the Germans but real professionals won’t buy this! SORRY

  4. the whole story there:

  5. Because the radar cross section of the F 35 is not known, it probably will be a case of research to reconstruct the radar cross section. The aircraft is still visible, so it is a question of time that visual imaging will be used to detect the F 35. Low tech may be the only way to detect a F 22 or F 35 and defense systems based on imaging technology is the next idea in air defense. If we recognize a face by its features, why wouldn't that be an idea?

  6. Even if some people obviously do not want to hear it and believe in the Lies the US Government tries to tell(what would the US Taxpayer say that the billions and billions of Dollars which were spent were wasted…and the Government knew it was wasted!) – Tracking a F22 or a F35 is not really hard anymore if you have modern radar systems. It's even possible to track them with old systems, but thats pretty hard, as you Need a lot of them working together and placed on certain a lot of different areas. But anyway – Special Weather Radars are able to detect and Track Stealth Planes. And that since already 20 years. It was hard back then, but today, as computers are much faster and cheaper…it's not really hard. Even with enough old Radar systems working together in a network it's possible to Track a F35. And today, as countries like Germany have OHT and Passive Radar Systems – Stealth is an Illusion…but as the US Government has spent trillions and will spent trillions…

  7. Dumb fucks…..stealth does not always render invisibility, usually only a track NOT accurate enough to guide a weapon. It is a well known fact that certain bands of radar can quite easily DETECT stealth, just not provide a track of decent quality. News like this only raises the eyebrows of people with little or no technical education or background. Lastly, this was done during an airshow. If I need to explain why that renders the fact they were tracked a moot point, then you really are ignorant.

  8. im glad you get promotions, probably the best, no frills military news outlet today. love your show, love your work. thank you sir

  9. F35 is not 100% stealth. Its radar cross section on some angles can be detected by radar. Thats wherein radar absorbent material is being put into so it will deflect radar waves. On an airshow, no need to coat those angles with RAM. But on a warfare mission, it will not be detected. Stealth aircraft + RAM + Electronic Measures to fool the radar = Undetected.
    Check F35i Adir's success on its missions. They're just passing by the S300 and S400 defense system without being noticed.

  10. Did anybody here actually read the article or are they simply spouting "F35 is junk" or "F35 is invisible to the naked eye" out of their asses

  11. This whole claim is beyond fucking stupid. The F35 has radar reflectors installed for non combat missions and to hide it's true signature when it's being transported and flown around in peacetime. Basic level knowledge the retarded F35 bad crowd cant take 10 seconds to research.

  12. perfect example as to why we shouldn't have these or the f22s in airshows….just give the competition time to plan and bring equipment to an air show

  13. Its actually not very hard to see them but its another thing to target them. Fire control radars dont work very well on them. Its all about wavelength.

  14. They put some on the F 35 which was reported a couple years ago at your show so you don’t give any evidence of

  15. The F 35s "skin" absorbs radar waves and there are constant radar waves coming from the sky, so the f35 appears like a black dot flying in front of an illuminated background. If it has reflectors or not does not matter. what matters is, that the radar sytem can see the verry faint radar background and that it can do this in realtime with a good resolution, so that it can if thede is an aeria where the background radiation is absorbed/reflected

  16. Lol Like F35 is invisible. Ofc you cab detect them depending on the angle and distance. Also detecting and continuously tracking for missile lock are different things entirely

  17. Well if Germany can do it so can China & Russia can meaning you cannot rely on one Aircraft just like the Second World War each had it’s strong points same as now present day you cannot put all your eggs in one basket.

  18. as usual a very ignorant and rushed "analysis". Read better this quora exchanges…

  19. The F-35 was at an airshow and needed to be seen by radar and air traffic. Hence why the aircraft were fitted with reflectors and had their transponders switched on. Its just common sense. Meanwhile the Russian trolls are jumping for joy over nothing as usual. πŸ˜„

  20. Yes all stealth aircraft have this feature for safety.
    What puzzles me the German radar only pick it up out to 100 miles not very good in this day and age for ground based radar. But I could be wrong!

  21. The German's have got to be the dumbest people in the world! If you have the ability to track even an ally's low observable aircraft, the last thing you would want to do is open your mouth and squawk about it. Now the flying branch knows it has an issue to fix, and your advantage will be gone shortly. Dumb just too dumb!

  22. Stelth dosent mean its harry poter invisible. It means just smalar mark and harder to detect. But new planes that come out also new radars come out. Nobody is sleeping and waiting for santa-claus

  23. Stealth can always be defeated, it’s just a matter of time and data. If this aircraft doesn’t maintain its stealthy profile on the battlefield, it’s going down. 1 trillion dollars down the shitter

  24. If the German system looks for magnetic emissions, it makes no difference whether the radar reflectors were out or not. The F-35 got detected by its magnetic emissions. It's main selling point is now down the drain. And since when is Turkey buying F-35s, the US won't sell them to Turkey since they purchased the Russian S-400 defense system, and Italy is revising downwards its promises as well. Overpriced, unreliable, and un-stealthy.

  25. Stealth will be surpassed soon, then what will we do? We will make better LOA or completely invisible air craft that dont require pilots.

  26. Ummm flying over friendly country with Commercial and private aircraft in the area.. LOL SORRY FOLKS this did not happen

  27. The other day is was a French pilot and now a Gerry???? WTF the Chinese has this issue with an Indian pilot in the newest MIG

  28. Maybe we need to sequester all electronics in a Faraday cage. Reduce the signature that's what stealth is about. You can't eliminate everything but you can reduce what's detectable. Then high EM drone decoys would further confuse the detectors by cluttering the sky. Just a thought.

  29. This has been known for a long time… Its all about saftey.. Ther called radar reflectors lol…funny reading all the comments from the f35 hating trolls lol.. If there stealth was a scam do you realy think all those countries would waste ther money on them?.. Come on now get real.. Then why china and russia and a hand full if other nations tryn to produce stealth jets lmfao… Dam trolls

  30. Don’t they use reflectors to be seen in non conflict areas like a air show? Make themselves more visible? This sounds Russian considering that they use grammar which omits the word β€œthe” in front of F35. Very Russian sentence structuring of English. Often forgetting conjunctions in a sentence.
    This is what is know as poor propaganda.

  31. "Chinese and Russian operatives are descending on that company that manufactured it as we speak…
    Time to Re-open the F-22 Raptor project again…and fast. All your eggs in 1 basket and all that…should have had both.

  32. How stupid. The germans conducting this knew exactly where the f-35s were going to be. At a Air show!!!!!!!! Track the fighter when not a Air show. How stupid this info is.

  33. Yep.they knew they were coming
    That's the only way!

    If they were flying in stealth mode we
    Wouldn't be having this conversation!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  34. It's because of the pressure that the US Government has started to try to get the Germans into buying the F-35 and so to safe the sinking ship! But the German's don't want to, because of two reasons! No1 They have a own future project
    No2 it would be a massive waste of money
    SO they put one of the Companies and they tracked the planes flying to the Airfield and around!
    The leaking of the results had a not so happy US Government anger that hit the German's! But they had to!
    It's a Lockheed Martin tax grab scam!
    The Lockheed excuse is absolutely BS πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Visibility as target to the passive radar!

  35. This is the first time I've heard of a radar reflector. Perhaps you should do a video about these!!!!!
    The only way i was aware these could be detected is if they were carrying fuel pods or missiles externally. Genuinely im interested and I'm sure others are. If IT can be detected by this radar then that is a massive giveaway and I'm sure Russian and Chinese hackers will be stealing info from this German firm as we speak. As an avid fan of this channel can you please elaborate?

  36. I have asked you before, but you must think we are morons, not able to determine what the abc scribble you keep explaining means. I'm really tired of listening to you read the script, and then spell out the abc soup as well. I can figure it out without your help as well a many others too, thank you.



  39. πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.. TWINVIS….MY ASS ….LOL..

  40. This video prayers on those that don’t understand modern stealth aircraft. In 1991, French radar detected the F-117s during exercises prior to actual combat. Once first generation stealth aircraft required special applications and speed tape over EVERY aircraft access panel before they flew combat missions to make them stealthy. Modern 3rd generation stealth aircraft are so stealth they are equipped with a Luneberg lenses to allow air traffic control radars to even see the aircraft. The F-22 and F-23 are ALWAYS equipped with their Luneberg lenses unless they are on a combat sortie. This is why many people halk that they can see stealth aircraft as the airplane is using its lenses to reflect radar. The links will show you what the lenses do and allow radars to see F-22 and F-35.

  41. Stealth means technically "low observable" to radars. It has been KNOWN that radars with the right wavelengths and bands can DETECT the presence of the low observable jet but detection does not mean that it can generate a tracking signal that is good enough to guide a missile for aircraft destruction. No one has ever claimed that F 35 is radar proof—it is just low observable to radar.

  42. I have it on good authority (Donald Trump) that the F-35 is the first totally invisible plane.
    You know, like the one Wonder Woman flies.
    Since the pilot is not invisible, however, you can detect the F-35 when you see a pilot flying through the air all by himself, in a sitting position.
    Trust me. This is true. Trump says so.
    You can believe Trump. He never lies.
    Does he???

  43. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£That means Russia and China seen this piece of shit overpriced junk years ago, and it’s completely useless against Russian and or Chinese air defense systems radars and intercepter missiles, which are the best in the world. Russia uses multiple different wave radars anyways, you can’t be invisible against multiple radars tracking the sky. America’s bullshit invisible plane is a myth, always has been. Just a deep money pit for all the corrupt U.S politicians and corporations, using our tax payer dollars to fill their own pockets.

  44. Very stupid video. He stretched it as long as he could with intro and ended with a line saying that jet was not in stealth mode. Wtf

  45. Of course radar can detect the plane! They're not invisible! Stealth just makes it MORE difficult to track. The idea is that with stealth you are blown up before you can react.

    People need to stop freaking out because radar detected a low observable plane. It's called low observable for a reason. It's not invisible!

  46. "the aircraft were flying with radar reflectors and ADS-B transponder" – when stealth is not required, reflectors mask the true degree of radar cross-sectional area reduction

  47. They used passive radar detection to see the f35 they stumbled on that by mistake but now the Russians are dedicating a lot of times creating passive radar so the F35 is pointless now

  48. Imagine flying a stealth aircraft, in stealth mode, in an airspace like Europe. Can't imagine anything bad happening.
    The first time I flew into Amsterdam, I was freaked out by the number of airliners I could see in the air. To say the airspace was congested seems an understatement. So I have no doubt that those f-35s were configured to be easily seen by ATC.

  49. Radar dometa do 150 km!?Cudo tehnike!?Pa zar svako tijelo koje se krece odredenim brzinama u atmosferi ne stvara toplinu ili povisenu temperature oko leteceg objekta!?

  50. Its an air show not combat mission, these planes can turn their stealth on or off at will, its not always on. Anything for a click i guess.

  51. Question is why is canada helping with the development of the F-35 if they won’t even buy them? (God I hate my country Canada)

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