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 Soviets had a profoundly different approach to maintenance than NATO. Basically, you'd carry out less small fixes, but send the engine back to the factory more often for a full refit. I am of the opinion that it was actually the better system, as in a proper (cold war gone hot) war environment, relatively untrained personnel could sling a broken engine out and a new one in, then send the broken one off to be fixed in the relative calm of the factory.
quote: How do you effectively crater hundreds of acres of fields as opposed to a 20 metre wide runway?
quote: I would simply set my cruise missiles to take out your single point of failure, aka your few factories
quote: Then send out evasive squadron groups to draw out your forces and retreat when they came into contact.
quote: Yes, it does cost more but any war of attrition would be won by the NATO group because they can service their own aircraft and keep them in the battle longer. You as the opposition are forced to take out every single squadron to gain air superiority
quote: I believe its called a B-52...