Pentagon confirmed a one-year delay of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
program, with Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn facing increased
pressure to get spending under control on the project."The
development was originally projected to last an additional 30 months;
we think with the additional test aircraft it will be closer to a
delay of about 12 or 13 months, but I can't give you the cost
numbers," according to Lynn's statement to the media.Pentagon
officials didn't say if this one-year delay will push back final
release dates, but it likely will, military experts have noted. The
Marine Corps is expected to receive the first batch of F-35s in two
years, while the Air Force and Navy are expected to receive the
next-generation fighter aircraft in 2013 and 2014. Prior to
Lynn's recent announcement, Lockheed Martin officials noted they were
about six months behind schedule, but still expect to be able to meet
the USMC release date.Last November, a report said the
program is drastically
overbudget and behind schedule, which led the government to
rethink its strategy moving forward. Actual demand
for the aircraft remains unknown, but there have been at least
2,500 orders placed for the U.S. military branches, with several
other nations also expected
to receive the aircraft in years to come.Due to
costly delays and budget miscues, the DOD will also withhold $614
million that will eventually be paid to Lockheed Martin.
quote: The Navy fought for and won permission to develop an aircraft based on the YF-17. Since the LWF did not share the design requirements of the VFAX, the Navy asked McDonnell Douglas and Northrop to design a new aircraft around the configuration and design principles of the YF-17. The new aircraft, designated the F-18, shared not a single essential dimension or primary structure with the YF-17.
quote: Right now, I would give the manned fighter a shelf life of at most 15 years...
quote: Block 60 F-16s and/or F-15SEs... much, much cheaper.
quote: You are such an idiot if you believe this.That would be such a massive restructuring of our entire combined armed forces.
quote: Yup, I called it right. Even 15 years from now you are STILL pushing the use of 30 year old airframes.
quote: Why do you think I keep saying investing billions in manned fighters right now is a waste?
quote: 2. Why do you think the opposition give 2 sh!ts about how much restructuring your armed forces have to do? If your happy to put up sitting ducks for their lasers; that is not their problem!
quote: Do you know how old a block 60 is? Here is a clue, they were first built for the UAE and deliveries started in 2004. You can do the maths on the resultant airframe age if the USAF bought some....
quote: You are simply not clued up on this subject