The Pentagon's most expensive weapons system is going to spend some time on the bench.
The U.S. military on Friday grounded the F-35 fighter jet due to a crack in an engine component that was discovered during a routine inspection in California. The fighter is currently being tested.
The Pentagon said in a statement that it was too early to assess the impact on the nearly $400 billion fleet of jets designed for use by the Navy, Air Force and Marines.
The program has been beset by cost overruns and various technical problems during development.
Currently, there are 51 planes in the F-35 fleet.
There is no new technology in the F-35 or the lockheed cannot improve on perfection in F-16 jets. Jets are like cars. the internal combustion engine hasn't changed. and cars in 1995 are same as now. more fuel efficient that's it.
So by that logic an F-16 has the same radar signature as an F-35 and can fly as fast? I don't think so. I'm not defending the program but the even the Block 60 F-16 will soon be obsolete.
Okay... look...I fly the Viper..and I love it more than my kids...but we used to call it the "Lawn Dart" for a reason. And you seem to have made the argument that the Me. 262 and the F-16 are only superficially different...after all they both have jet engines, right?
What he is trying to say is combustion engines, that use expanding gases, are still inefficient pieces of horse crap invented over 100 years ago. Sure these engines are made bigger and much more complicated since the F-16 engine, but its just bigger and more complicated.
A better comparison would be a 5 pound cannon compared to 10 pound cannon. Or 1300's chinese rocket compared to a modern day missile. Just bigger and more complicated with a computer attached. Its old technology.
P.S. Expanding gases are lame.
this is why the United States is going to go bankrupt. We can not afford crap like this. Also, if you research this aircraft, you will find it is already very outdated, and is not as capable as they state it is.
The shame is lockheed pushing lemon jets to US military and other defense ministers, and they tested and don't want it. these jets are pushed to them and forced them to buy when they know other jets are better in battle. they've tested the jet and F-35 sucks compared to other jets.
This jet is currently in development too. Problems like this are standard to development product. People are such idiots on the internet, jesus.
Artie, the F35 aircraft jet is an important component of the US Airforce. I actually don't think it deserves the credit that it is getting because personally I don't believe it to be anything special, especially compared to the US f-22. However, what makes it uniquley important is that it is being sold overseas. Therefore, this is an opportunity to benefit this economy and allow America to do what it does best: make absolutely amazing aircraft.
The F22 isn't any better. All of these planes will be shot out of the sky with todays missiles. They are good for airshows and nothing else. Actually they are good for ruining our economy.
No offense, dave, but the F-35 can't be an "important component" because it is not a combat-ready platform. In fact, the first Air Force pilots began training last month.
the nearly $400 billion fleet of jets designed for use by the Navy, Air Force and Marines.
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Hey Steve, Robert McNamara tried the same thing during the Vietnam War with the TFX. Didn't work. Ended up being a fighter-bomber for the USAF only.
The F-35 never has worked. It costs a ton of money, is a maintenance hog, and an electronics nightmare. Cancel the program and have Lockheed refund the money and retire those generals, admirals, and pork barrel politicians that OK'd this mess.
They can't produce a worthy product for that much money...take it back and get a refund.
Totally agree. Why buy a lemon when you can use a drone that is a lot cheaper and no chance of putting a pilot in harms way.
You are absolutely correct. Why should the DoD suffer across-the-board cuts from sequestration when axing this one disaster of a program would supply most of the proposed amount of budgetary cuts? It isn't as if anyone is overrunning our skies due to US airspace being defended by F-15s and F-16s.
its no wonder our country is being destroyed from within....this criminal waste of taxpayer money is completely unacceptable.....where is the accountability?.
Where is accountability for welfare programs? Don't single out just defense spending. At least we can export F-35s. We can't export laziness.
They were actually grounded because some of the information gathered by the Chinese included details on the F-35 program. Old news.
Yeah, the details they gathered was "This thing totally sucks". Then the plane was grounded when China made a perfect replica which some how worked 3 times better.
jet or rocket propulsion is now common and technlogy is easily availalbe. all the research has been done in the 60's and 70's all jets have computer control systems. technology like stealth or verical liftoffs are useless in battle or what jets are for...carry bombing missions or intercept enemy planes..speed is utmost importance.
So that's 8 billion per F-35.
Dang...price of few of them would really help the economy.
Again, that is not an individual cost for the aircraft. It is the total project cost divided by aircrafts produced but included in that cost is R&D, all the tooling requirements and so on. Cutting one F-35 will not put 8 billion back into our economy.
Where are the successors to Clarence (Kelly) Johnson? I guess his credo "BE QUICK, BE QUIET, be on time" no longer applies to the US Aerospace industry. Just a series of embarrassments recently, B787, F-22 and now the F-35. Why do we even need an F-35? Upgrade the F-15 for the Air Force, and the F-18 for the Navy and Marines. To date nothing has beaten an F-15, I doubt even the F-35 could take it on and survive. Just more corporate welfare to the tune of $400 Billion and has not yet delivered. Yet the recipients of this largess are some of the same hypocrites who scream bloody murder when they read about "welfare cheats". I guess if you are going to cheat the system, cheat it big.
There is a typo in the last line....it should read there "are" 51 planes in the F-35 fleet
I really wish the US Government would go up to Lockheed and say they owe the tax payers a FULL refund of all the money spent on this lemon of a fighter jet.
Do you also wish the government would ask for a refund if your small business failed? Would you have an NFL team repay your season tickets if they didn't make the playoffs? I agree there should have been more oversight and adherence to the contract but please use some common sense.
gore2030 they do read the tax laws if the government can prove that there is a pattern of failed business they can try to recoup some of the money or even accuse you of misuse of a government program. unlike the defense contractors who are not held responsible for cost overruns fraud and failed products
"Most expensive weapons system" built by the LOWEST bidder.
and still we pay the defense contractor