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All programs covered in the annual selected acquisitions report state under their spending caps

The Pentagon and military leaders in the U.S. have been under intense pressure concerning the F-35 Lightning II program and how far over budget it has climbed over the years. With the past history of cost overruns, the Pentagon is now letting everyone know that costs for the program fell by $4.5 billion last year.

This is the first time in the F-35 Lightning II program that estimators have lowered the projected cost of the Pentagon's most expensive acquisition program. The annual Pentagon selected acquisitions report, which was published Thursday, is currently projecting the cost to develop and procure the F-35 Lightning II at a little more than $391 billion.

The F-35 Lightning II is one of 78 acquisition programs that was covered in the selected acquisitions report. It's worth noting that the F-35 Lightning II wasn't the only program able to stay under the spending cap covered in the program. The Pentagon undersecretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics, Frank Kendall noted that this was the "first time in my memory" that no program covered in the SAR went over the federal spending cap.


The F-35 Lightning II is broken down into two sub programs by the report including Lockheed Martin's portion of building the actual aircraft and Pratt & Whitney, the engine builder. $4.9 billion in savings actually came from Lockheed Martin, while Pratt & Whitney actually saw a cost increase of roughly $442 million due to development and procurement of the engines.
Currently, total flyaway costs the F-35A are $76.8 million with the Navy carrier-based version costing $88.7 million. The Marine Corps version, the F-35B, saw costs decline the most to $103.6 million per unit.

The entire F-35 Lightning II fleet had been grounded earlier this year when a crack was discovered in an engine component on one fighter. The aircraft were cleared to fly again in March.

Source: Defense News

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Are these things actually in service ANYWHERE?
By SAN-Man on 5/24/2013 9:39:20 AM , Rating: 3
I love fighter jets but haven't kept up. Is anyone actually flying these in service?

RE: Are these things actually in service ANYWHERE?
By BRB29 on 5/24/2013 10:07:36 AM , Rating: 3
It's not available for most squadrons. Only a few have received it and they're still working on flight manuals/procedures/tactics. It will be a while before it is mainstream.

But if you're asking if it's better? debatable
The F35 is meant to be more of an all-in-one than purpose built. It has the capability to do everything but not excel at anything.

By Spookster on 5/24/2013 5:55:27 PM , Rating: 3
Yes. In Battlefield 3.

Couldn't let it go?
By tpb3470 on 5/24/13, Rating: 0
RE: Couldn't let it go?
By Amiga500 on 5/24/2013 11:56:44 AM , Rating: 1
The program had a good development year

Hows that 2011 IOC looking?

Still slated for, at earliest, 2015.

Which would be tolerable... if the damn thing was worth waiting for.

RE: Couldn't let it go?
By FaaR on 5/24/2013 11:57:37 AM , Rating: 1
Point out one lie or falsehood in the article. You can't.

What about the truth scares or offends you? Small people are those who can't accept the truth, but need to hear only the things that please them.

RE: Couldn't let it go?
By what? on 5/25/2013 3:20:30 AM , Rating: 2

Cost of F35 plummeted??? Air Force says program cost is $394 billion so a $4.5 billion reduction is approx 1%.

Most knowledgeable sources put the F35 program cost in the $1 trillion+.

Falsehood is that the program costs going down $4.5 billion (if even true) constitutes costs "plummeting".

Most neutral observers would count that "reduction" in the barely noticeable noise category.

RE: Couldn't let it go?
By JPForums on 5/28/2013 10:29:27 AM , Rating: 2
The recent grounding due to a crack in the engine of one of the jets is true. However, the way it was presented, without all of the facts, gave the false impression that the crack was due to yet another design flaw rather than a side effect of abuse (repeatedly pushing the engine beyond is design specifications). Though to be fair, there are plenty of legitimate design flaws Shane could have written about, but didn't.

Engine cracks
By Einy0 on 5/24/2013 9:20:28 AM , Rating: 4
Interesting issue with the F135 engine. You would think this engine would have very few issues by this time. The design is based on that same design as the F22's F119 engines. Perhaps the 5-7K extra thrust is taking a toll on the internal components. I thought the majority of that additional thrust came from extra afterburner stages.

RE: Engine cracks
By JPForums on 5/28/2013 9:56:11 AM , Rating: 2
If you are referring to the recent grounding due to the crack found in one of the engines, you should be aware that the crack was found in an engine that was repeatedly pushed well past its specified limits. Of all the nasty issues Shane could have pick out with the program, he had to go for one with a legitimate cause (not a design flaw). Of course, that doesn't excuse the other problems, but I digress.

why is this a news?
By skyharbor on 6/3/2013 1:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
One thing I personally do not understand is why people consider 1 trillion USD a big money. For such a rich nation 1 trillion is nothing. Just think about Microsoft developing .Net. They spent over 1 trillion on R&D for .Net.

This is a very biased news about F-35. It can easily cost 5 trillion and worth it. Because others will pay for it anyway.

RE: why is this a news?
By Mushookees on 6/9/2013 2:02:50 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft spent 2 Biliion on .net

Microsofts Total assets amount to 121 billion based on 2012 estimates

Entire credit card debt of the USA 800-900 Billion
Entire student loan debt of the USA 1 Trillion

You are off by a factor of 500 , 1 Trillion is an enormous amount of money. The federal government spends 108 billion a year on education, with 1 Trillion you could double that budget for 10 years.

China hack.
By zerozen on 5/30/2013 9:17:14 AM , Rating: 2
What a surprise, China hacking bonanza and cut the monopoly of f-35 design with other respective components. Its over a trillion dollars worth of technology products. China can produce them cheaply.

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