US Air Force likely to cut F-35 purchases over cost

US Air Force likely to cut F-35 purchases over cost:

The US Air Force is likely to slash its purchases of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets to save money, a new study has revealed, a new threat to the costly program’s sustainability.

After complaining about the costly stealth aircraft’s delayed and problematic development, the USAF is now worried that the massive orders it has placed for the F-35 might hinder modernization and maintenance of its current fleet.

To do this, the USAF might be forced to cut the overall purchase by 38 percent, reducing the program’s working project of 1,763 jets by nearly one third, or 590 aircraft, Bloomberg reported, citing an internal USAF study.

Today, at least 270 F-35s are being operated by the USAF as well as the US Navy and the Marine Corps.

H/t reader eric:

“Common sense creeping in? I doubt it.”

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Lockheed counter concerns on F-35 stealth issues | Trump administration says no to heads up on future ballistic tests | Apache facility opens in India

Lockheed counter concerns on F-35 stealth issues | Trump administration says no to heads up on future ballistic tests | Apache facility opens in India:

As Lockheed Martin ramps up production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the company’s vice president in charge of the program has moved to counter concerns made over the time being took to rectify errors with the aircraft. Speaking to news outlets at a company media day, Jeff Babione acknowledged that low observability (LO), or stealth, capabilities in particular were posing a challenge to the company which has been made more tricky by an increase in production that was never seen with other stealth aircraft like the F-22 Raptor. “It’s not a human problem; that’s just the result of our ability. We’re approaching the limits of our ability to build some of these things from precise-enough technology,” Babione said. As part of efforts to cut down on deficiencies, Babione said the firm is first looking to make sure that the highest quality standards are applied to even the smallest supplier in the supply chain, but more importantly, Lockheed is also taking steps to make it easier for workers to build the aircraft, whether through increased training or improved practices, he said without elaborating.

H/t reader Eric.

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UK Column News – 25th January 2018 (Video) – F-35: “Mission Incapable”

H/t reader eric:

“from 18.53.
Not fit for purpose.
50% availabilty…erm.”

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US F-35 Reportedly Starts to Crumble in Okinawa in ‘Routine Training Mission’

US F-35 Reportedly Starts to Crumble in Okinawa in ‘Routine Training Mission’:

The reputation of the most expensive plane in history has once again been tarnished.

The F-35, a fifth-generation US stealth fighter, lost part of its fuselage, during a “routine training mission” near Kadena Air Base in Japan, according to the Defense News.

The incident, which occurred east of Okinawa on November 30, was reported by Japanese media at the time, but it wasn’t until December 4 that US Air Force officials confirmed the report.

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DoD Watchdog: F-35s Grounded 22 Percent of the Time Due to Parts Shortage

DoD Watchdog: F-35s Grounded 22 Percent of the Time Due to Parts Shortage

H/t reader Squodgy:

“The saga of the LOCKHEED MARTIN military industrial complex F-35 bottomless pit of US Taxpayer’s donations, continues unabated.

Hello you taxpayers, are you aware of where your tax goes????”

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US Air Force Hopes UK Firm Solves F-35A Oxygen Poisoning Dilemma

H/t reader squodgy:

“Whoops…here we go again. Total silence from MSM.

https://sputniknews.com/military/201706191054779635-usaf-uk-firm-f35-hypoxia/

Does anyone else recall the F-104 Lockheed Starfighter in the seventies, which had similar oxygen starvation problems and was eventually given the epithet “Widowmaker”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_F-104_Starfighter

The F-35 could be called “Son of Widowmaker?????”

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The F-35 Amazingly Has Even More Problems Than We Thought

The F-35 Amazingly Has Even More Problems Than We Thought:

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive military program in the world with a total cost of more than $US1 trillion ($1.3 trillion). Now, a new Pentagon report suggests that the futuristic fighter jet still has hundreds of deficiencies and won’t be ready for full combat testing until 2019.

The Pentagon’s latest brutal assessment of this high-priced aircraft was part of an annual report from the Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation Michael Gilmore. The dossier includes a five-page evaluation of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the results of which are damning — emphasis ours:

Read moreThe F-35 Amazingly Has Even More Problems Than We Thought

Lockheed Responds To Trump Tweet

You can’t make this stuff up!

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F-35, The Jet That Ate the Pentagon (Video):

“We don’t know where all the money is going.”

The F-35 is the most expensive weapons program in history, with a total cost of $1.5 trillion, that has turned into a total fiasco.

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F-35 slammed as ‘inferior’ to older American & foreign fighters incl. Russia’s Su-27, MiG-29

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Israel Gets Fire Sale Deal on F-35s

The Latest Russian Fighter Jet Blows America’s F-35 Away

AND NOW: Computer Glitch Prevents US’ Most Advanced F-35 Fighter Jet From Firing Until 2019

Pentagon Bars F-35s From Farnborough Airshow After Engine Problems

Americans Have Spent Enough Money On The Broken F-35 Joint Strike Fighter To Buy Every Homeless Person A $664,000 Mansion:

“With the full amount spent on the F-35 at its disposal, the U.S. could afford to purchase every person on the streets a $664,000 home.”

Top US Aircraft Designer: F-35 Astonishingly Unmaneuverable – You Can Guarantee That A Russian 1950s Mig-21 Would Just Hopelessly Whip The F-35 In A Dog Fight (Video)

US F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet Can’t Evade Russian Radars

Money For Nothing? Boeing Says F-35 Isn’t So Stealth After All

U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-Made Parts (Reuters)

Test Pilots: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Blind Spot Will Get It ‘Gunned Every Time’ (Wired)

Pentagon Grounds F-35 Fighter Jet Fleet After Engine Crack Found (CBS News)

F-35 (Ironically Known As ‘Lightning II’) Fatal Flaw: Lightning! (RT)

Trillion-Dollar F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet Has Thirteen Expensive New Flaws

NATIONAL SECURITY ALERT: F-35 STEALTH FIGHTER SPY COVER-UP (Veterans Today):

“AN UNPRECEDENTED DISASTER”


Lockheed Responds To Trump Tweet:

In response to president-elect Trump’s tweet over “out of control costs”, Lockheed Martin has officially responded:

This is an amazing day for the Israeli people. It’s exciting to bring this airplane and its capabilities to the country.

We welcome the opportunity to address any questions the president-elect has about the program. It’s an amazing program. Lockheed Martin and its industry partners understand the importance of affordability for the F-35 program.

Since the beginning, we’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars to reduce the price of the airplane more than 70%. We project the price of the aircraft will be $85 million in the 2019 -2020 timeframe. When we get to that price, the F-35 will be less expensive than any fourth-generation fighter in the world. And it will be the premiere fifth-generation fighter. That’s an incredible value for anyone operating the airplane.

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