Scratches leave RAF jet vul­ner­a­ble

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ad­ding that de­fence sec­re­tary Gavin Wil­liamson and RAF chief Air Chief Mar­shal Sir Stephen Hil­lier had al­ways been aware of the prob­lem.

Bri­tain took de­liv­ery of the ini­tial batch of F-35B Light­nings in June.

Lock­heed vice pres­i­dent Jeff Babione ac­knowl­edged: “We in­ad­ver­tently scratch the coat­ing sys­tem, and we have to re­paint it.”

An­other com­pany spokesman said: “Stealth main­te­nance on the F-35 is

CLOAKING DE­VICE: Hi-tech coat­ing pro­tects RAF’s new F-35 Light­ning jet from be­ing picked up by en­emy radar

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