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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: True F-14 successor?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/20/2010 8:28:25 AM , Rating: 2
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Right now, I would give the manned fighter a shelf life of at most 15 years...


You are such an idiot if you believe this.

That would be such a massive restructuring of our entire combined armed forces. Hell man, it take 15-20 years sometimes to build a new fighter from a concept ! We're going to have fleets of unmanned fighters in 15 years ? HA!

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Block 60 F-16s and/or F-15SEs... much, much cheaper.


Yup, I called it right. Even 15 years from now you are STILL pushing the use of 30 year old airframes.

I'm tired of wasting my time with you. You are living in a fantasy world.


RE: True F-14 successor?
By Amiga500 on 2/20/2010 11:10:25 AM , Rating: 1
Arrggghhh...

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You are such an idiot if you believe this.

That would be such a massive restructuring of our entire combined armed forces.


1. Why you think I keep saying its a massive shift? Why do you think I keep saying investing billions in manned fighters right now is a waste?

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!

3. Unmanned fighters? I have been talking about getting power in the air. Power = lots of engines = B747 ABL. That is not an unmanned aircraft. Might even be a (yet another) role for the BUFF in there!

Basically, an airborne ABL will be like a AEGIS system moving at 500 mph and at 30,000 ft. Within a bubble of XXX miles nothing is allowed to live unless the ABL wishes it. Manoeuvrability is useless, as is fighter missile performance.

The ABL is a system... I would expect serious efforts at fitting it into large aircraft within the next decade. There are not the same levels of complications integrating it as a full design of a new fighter.

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Yup, I called it right. Even 15 years from now you are STILL pushing the use of 30 year old airframes.


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....

You are simply not clued up on this subject, and I'm finding it hard not to get really, really frustrated by having to continually go over basics.


RE: True F-14 successor?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/20/2010 1:00:37 PM , Rating: 2
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Why do you think I keep saying investing billions in manned fighters right now is a waste?


Because you're stupid ?

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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!


Right. We also have to worry about their Death Stars destroying whole planets too.

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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....


It doesn't matter when they were built. The design is terribly outdated. We need more F-22's and next generation fighters. PERIOD. End of discussion.

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You are simply not clued up on this subject


I.E not biased enough ?


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