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 PAK-FA is fitted with unusually robust high sink rate undercarriage, intended for STOL operations.
quote: Therefore, from a technological strategy perspective, the PAK-FA renders all legacy US fighter aircraft, and the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, strategically irrelevant and non-viable after the PAK-FA achieves IOC in 2015.
quote: You can't create a V/STOL F-22 (or PAK-FA); the F-35 has a V/STOL variant.
quote: You can't load the F-22 with a crapload of bombs - it's strictly air-superiority (with some in-board capacity); F-35 is meant to be a strike fighter (you know, the SF in JSF. . . :D )
quote: In combat, the F-22A is flown at almost twice the altitude and twice the speed of the F-35A.
quote: See how much better bang for the buck we can get out of the F-22
quote: Which Combat ??????.....under controlled simultated conditons maybe ? not convincing indeed-where everything/action/etc is predetermined.
quote: I would check up on the Indian SU-30MKi's and how they fared against the F-15s.
quote: Keep in mind that the JSF is only stealthy in the front, the rear, sides and bottom are not.
quote: Yes shoddy/poor workmanship ! Russian planes have in the past been severely criticized for many a long list of defects.To quote a few-From crack developing on the plane's body flying at high speeds to canopy opening up whilst flying at high speeds (instantly killing the pilot & loss of the plane),to engine failure whilst flying at high speeds (not at air shows or exibhitions) crashing the plane.