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The government and Lockheed Martin are scrambling to get back on schedule while fixing the overbudget project

The 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.

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RE: What is the point of F-35?
By FITCamaro on 2/20/2010 12:54:36 AM , Rating: 2
F35 development started before F22 was finished being developed. Both are needed. But we should have bought more F22s.

And there are no external hard points on the F22 to mount bombs on. And its not like you can just add them. Nor would you want to since it would ruin the F22s stealth abilities. Thats the whole point of having all its weapons carried internally.

In the end we're probably not going to get very many F35s either. Because the Democrats will say the same shit they did with the F22. "We don't need them"

RE: What is the point of F-35?
By MadMan007 on 2/21/2010 6:24:36 AM , Rating: 2
Why do you have to be stupid and make it political? I recall it being pointed out multiple times in previous F-22 articles that the F-22 procurement was scaled back under Bush, on top of that don't forget that Gates was Bush's SecDef appointee.

I'm with Amiga500 on this although I don't see lasers as the panacea but rather UCAVs. I am willing to bet that there is some secret sh*t none of us know about that will make manned aircraft obsolete within 15 years...the rediculously long development time of the F-22 and F-35 didn't help either.

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