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The United States is trying to catch a sophisticated fighter jet from the South China Sea before China catches it

The United States is trying to catch a sophisticated fighter jet from the South China Sea before China catches it

F-35B Lightning II aboard the USS carrier USS Essex.Image EPA

The Chinese Air Force also has pirate fighter jets. However, the F-35 could provide China with a wealth of advanced technology if it could capture the crashed fighter jet first. The F-35, the successor to the F-16, and better known in the Netherlands as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), is the most expensive weapons program in the United States at a cost of 360 billion euros.

The F-35 crashed into the deck of the carrier USS Carl Vinson after the patrol plane landed on Monday. The 103 million euro plane crashed into the sea. The fighter pilot was able to move safely with his exhaust seat just in time. The pilot and 6 crew members on board the aircraft were injured. The site was damaged, but Carl Vinson was able to resume flying operations shortly thereafter.

The aircraft carrier was then in the South China Sea, a strategic sea area that covers most of world trade. The United States, Britain and other allies regularly visit naval vessels in the region to make it clear to Beijing that China’s claims over the South China Sea have not been recognized.