The F-35 joint strike fighter is an unbelievable failure, and the perfect illustration of everything that’s wrong with our military industrial complex.
According to one of its supporters, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is not “what our troops need,” is “too costly” and “poorly managed,” and its “present difficulties are too numerous to detail.”
The F-35 is a case study of government failure at all levels – civilian and military, federal, state, local, [...]
Flight operations of F-35 were similarly suspended in January after an engine failure during test flight
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the Pentagon’s biggest and most expensive weapons program
Pentagon envisions purchasing more than 2,400 F-35s
The U.K., Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Australia, Denmark and Norway are scheduled to buy versions of the F-35
The Pentagon has suspended the flights of all 51 F-35 fighter planes after a routine inspection revealed a [...]
It’s considered to be the world’s most sophisticated superfighter jet, but Britain’s new £150million combat aircraft has been banned from flying in bad weather for fears it could explode.
Engineers working on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have found the jet’s fuel tank could explode if hit by lightning.
According to reports, the aircraft, which is hoped to enter service for both the RAF and the Royal Navy in five years’ time, [...]
Following public outrage and a lengthy political battle, Canadians have finally said thanks but no thanks to America’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The 5th-generation plane had become a source of controversy after costs soared far beyond the initial estimate from Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon.
Then last spring Auditor General Michael Ferguson called out a bunch of party conservatives who’d been low-balling the jets costs.
Last spring, Ferguson ignited a political firestorm when he [...]
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jump-jet was handed over at a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Government has ordered 48 of the amazing jets — the UK’s first combat stealth plane.
Mr Hammond told The Sun: “It’s the best jet money can buy.
“It is way ahead of anything anybody else is producing and will give our forces a battle-winning edge. It is a complete step-change in capability.”
Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/campaigns/our_boys/4439308/Britain-gets-first-100m-superfighter.html
The Ministry of Defence is to abandon plans to buy the preferred fighter for the Royal Navy‘s new aircraft carriers, in an embarrassing U-turn for David Cameron.
The prime minister personally endorsed the decision to equip the over-budget carriers with “cats and traps” so they could catapult and recover a version of the F-35 joint strike fighter (JSF) from their decks.
But the cost of converting the carriers has already reached £2bn, [...]
The U.S. government now projects that the total cost to develop, buy and operate the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be $1.45trillion over the next 50-plus years, according to a Pentagon document obtained by Reuters.
The Pentagon’s latest, staggering estimate of the lifetime cost of the F-35 – its most expensive weapons program – is up from about $1trillion a year ago, and includes inflation.
While inflation accounts for [...]
The US Air Force’s top civilian leaders say that orders for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be cut if costs continue to rise.
“We have told the contractor and the programme office that there is no more money,” USAF secretary Michael Donley told the US Senate Armed Services Committee on 20 March. “To the extent that if there continues to be cost growth or challenges it’s going to [...]
A possible UK decision to reverse a variant switch on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would not cause a problem for Lockheed Martin, according to one of the company’s senior programme officials.
Speculation has mounted over recent weeks that the UK government could backtrack on its decision to shift its interest in the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B to the C-model carrier variant. The move was included as part [...]
What do Plastic Bags and Military Contractors Have in Common? One Congressman
A Republican running for an open seat in the California Assembly has received unusually large donations from defense contractors, possibly because of her congressman-husband who holds a powerful position in Washington.
Outraged by Los Angeles County’s 10-cent tax on plastic grocery bags, Patricia McKeon decided to run for an Assembly seat that overlaps with her spouse’s congressional district. Her husband, [...]
January 17, 2012
A design flaw in the US Marine Corps version of the F-35 Lightning II, which prevents it from landing on an aircraft carrier, could see the highly advanced vehicle grounded indefinitely.
The F-35C, also known as the carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (CV JSF), is one of several fifth-generation fighters developed under the JSF program. New documents reveal that the aircraft has a crucial flaw, which [...]
And now, we have a working F-35. Defensetech reports: “A new chapter in the history of U.S. Air ForceÂ fightersÂ began yesterday when the serviceâ€™s fist production model F-35 Joint Strike Fighter took to the skies at Lockheedâ€™s Fort Worth, TX., facility for the very first time. Yes, the programâ€™s had its troubles and the Marinesâ€™ B-model is nowhere near ready for production but this marks the [...]