US-Made F-35 And F-16 Fighter Jets Claim To Be The Best At Keeping Pilots Safe

US-Made F-35 And F-16 Fighter Jets Claim To Be The Best At Keeping Pilots Safe
General Charles “CQ” Brown is no stranger to jets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

International Military - Fighter jets made in the United States usually sell well in the market and many countries immediately line up to buy them. Lockheed Martin, a fighter jet manufacturer from the United States, already has its own name and class.

Lockheed Martin is a manufacturer of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-16 Viper and the F-35 and F-22 Raptor stealth jets. Lockheed Martin's success in controlling the world market is also inseparable from the quality factor of the aircraft they make. A great and tough fighter jet is not only able to do battle but can also keep its pilot safe.

Talking about the safety of fighter jets, the F-35 and F-16 are claimed to be the safest fighter jets. The pilot's life is more secure when riding the Lockheed Martin F-16 and F-35. What's the secret?

When designing the F-16 and F-35, Lockheed Martin at the same time embeds superior features in maintaining the safety of the pilot when the pilot faints or loses consciousness. The feature is called the Air-Ground Collision Avoidance System (AGCAS). All F-16 Block 40 fighter jets and most F-35s have this great feature.

Reporting from the National Interest, the AGCAS feature can guarantee the safety of the pilot so that his life is better preserved. A fighter jet pilot is very prone to experiencing excessive physical fatigue. In the event of an attack from the opponent, the pilot may also faint or become unconscious.

Pilots who lose consciousness will not be able to control the control of the fighter jet and the plane is prone to crashing into the ground. So the Air Ground Collision Avoidance System was made. Here's how the AGCAS feature works on the F-16 and F-35 fighter jets:

If the pilot loses consciousness, the fighter jet may lose its way or experience a sharp downward descent. The AGCAS sensors will detect any abnormal behavior in terms of navigation and speed, including when the plane dives aimlessly. When the nose of the aircraft approaches land, hills, mountains or other hazardous terrain, AGCAS allows the system to take over all the work of the pilot. Automatically, the aircraft will be controlled to return to an optimal altitude and avoid collisions.

Not only that, AGCAS can also auto-pilot so that the fighter jets return to headquarters. Although the pilots were unable to properly pilot the plane due to the accident, the plane was able to take it back to their combat base.

The AGCAS feature can be activated and deactivated by the pilot. However, when the AGCAS feature is activated, the pilot must have complete trust in the system. All navigation will be taken over by the AGCAS feature.

Lockheed Martin admits that the AGCAS feature is the flagship in the F-16 and F-35. Amazingly, the AGCAS feature has apparently proven effective. As long as the US Air Force is flying with F-16s and F-35s, the AGCAS feature is said to have saved pilot lives dozens of times from accidents.

In addition to paying attention to the quality of the aircraft in terms of combat, Lockheed Martin also always pays attention to the safety of its pilots. No wonder their fighter jets are selling well ordered by many countries.

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