Thursday, June 15, 2017

Is The F-35 Program One Of The Greatest Boondoggles In Recent Military Purchasing History?

Three F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (rear to front) — AF-2, AF-3 and AF-4 — can be seen flying over Edwards Air Force Base in this Dec. 10, 2011, in this handout photo provided by Lockheed Martin. (photo by REUTERS/Lockheed Martin/Darin Russell)

Michael Hughes, Scientific American: What Went Wrong With the F-35, Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter?

The F-35 was billed as a fighter jet that could do almost everything the U.S. military desired but has turned out to be one of the greatest boondoggles in recent military purchasing history

The F-35 was billed as a fighter jet that could do almost everything the U.S. military desired, serving the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy – and even Britain’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy – all in one aircraft design. It’s supposed to replace and improve upon several current – and aging – aircraft types with widely different missions. It’s marketed as a cost-effective, powerful multi-role fighter airplane significantly better than anything potential adversaries could build in the next two decades. But it’s turned out to be none of those things.The Conversation

Officially begun in 2001, with roots extending back to the late 1980s, the F-35 program is nearly a decade behind schedule, and has failed to meet many of its original design requirements. It’s also become the most expensive defense program in world history, at around US$1.5 trillion before the fighter is phased out in 2070.

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WNU Editor: A short but brutal analysis on the F-35 program. Read it all.


Jac said...

I never been a great supporter of the F-35, but I don't agree with all what it's said. All stealth plane's can't have the agility of the one's which aren't because the rules of stealthiness are against the rules of aerodynamic. So, the f-35 has problems, well we have forgotten the F-15 and F-14's one at their beginning, and they are now praised for their qualities.
We have to wait a little bit before giving a full statement.

Andrew Jackson said...

Article written by Communist traitors.

Jay Farquharson said...

The F-22 is highly aerodynamic and maneuverable. So are both the Chinese and Russian stealth platforms.