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F-22 upgrade is over budget and behind schedule

F-35 operating costs will reach $1T
Officials think management will get the operating costs of the F-35 down

Any time the USAF or other branches of the armed service need a replacement for an aging aircraft, the cost of the development and maintenance are a huge budgetary issue for the military and lawmakers in Washington. Two of the most expensive weapons programs in the last several decades have been the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II.

The F-22 is due for an incremental upgrade to its hardware and software that some officials say is already behind on delivery and over its cost projections. The update in question is called Increment 3.2.

Air Force procurement Chief David Van Buren told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, "The Increment 3.2 that we're currently working on for the F-22 for our war-fighting customer is taking too long to implement. We are working with the company [Lockheed Martin] to try to speed that up and make it more affordable."

The cause of the delay in delivery stems from the programming language used called Ada. The Ada language was once a DoD standard, but the use of the language has waned in the last 15 years. Analyst Loren Thompson from the Lexington Institute said, "It tends to impede quick upgrades to the system to which it is the base software." Thompson also said, "The affordability of any upgrade becomes debatable when you purchase a relatively small number of upgrades."

The new upgrade is being applied to the 187 Raptors built by Lockheed, two of which have been lost to accidents. The upgrade will allow the F-22 to carry the AIM-9x infrared-guided air-to-air missile and the AIM 120D medium-range Air-to-Air missile and attack up to eight different targets with the 250-pound Small Diameter Bombs. Lockheed is looking for ways to reduce the cost of the upgrade right now.

The F-35 program is also again the center of focus on costs. This time lawmakers and military commanders are looking at the long-term costs of maintaining and operating the F-35 fleet. The Pentagon has estimated that the cost to operate the F-35 fighters through 2065 will be more than $1 trillion.

Procurement Chief Ashton Carter said, "Over the lifetime of this program, the decade or so, the per-aircraft cost of the 2,443 aircraft has doubled in real terms. That's what it's going to cost if we keep doing what we're doing. That's unacceptable. That's unaffordable."

However, he noted that the massive $1 trillion number can’t be taken at face value because management steps over the life of the aircraft will bring costs down. Carter said, "I truly believe that we can manage out a substantial number of the production and sustainment costs."

There has been technology sharing between the F-22 and the F-35 with some stealth coatings developed for the F-35 being applied to the older F-22 aircraft. The F-35 fleet was grounded in March when an in-flight failure of the generator aboard a test aircraft occurred.



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NO WAY_ CUT DEFENSE SEVERELY NOW!
By worldbfree4me on 5/20/2011 6:45:02 PM , Rating: -1

Eisenhower warned against the military industrial complex-

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++

Well guess what Americans- Dwight's fears have been realized- read on-

The defense budget that both parties and the media present to the American populace are not even close to the reality- we are WASTING over $1.5 TRILLION a year- below are the actual defense and security costs-

The real cost of military and security spending in FY 2009-

Current Military= $965 billion:

• Military Personnel $129 billion
• Operation & Maint. $241 billion
• Procurement $143 billion
• Research & Dev. $79 billion
• Construction $15 billion
• Family Housing $3 billion
• DoD misc. $4 billion
• Retired Pay $70 billion
• DoE nuclear weapons $17 billion
• NASA (50%) $9 billion
• International Security $9 billion
• Homeland Secur. (military) $35 billion
• State Dept. (partial) $6 billion
• other military (non-DoD) $5 billion
• “Global War on Terror” $200 billion in “allowances” for the “War on Terror,” which includes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan]

Past Military= $484 billion

• Veterans’ Benefits $94 billion
• Interest on national debt (80%) created by military spending, $390 billion

Subtotal = $1,449 TRILLION

Does not include the following-
+ Three letter intel agencies $80 Billion (estimated cost by the wash post)

REAL TOTAL = $1,529 TRILLION

America must stop invading countries and killing and maiming hundreds of thousands....bring our troops home and close down nearly all foreign bases and reduce dod and security in half....America is spending more than 20 times the next largest defense spender China and 2 times ALL rest of world defense spending.....

STOP THE MILITARY MADNESS NOW!




By inperfectdarkness on 5/20/2011 9:15:07 PM , Rating: 2
i'm sure we could do much better with some howler monkeys and a big pile of rocks.

/sarcasm.


RE: NO WAY_ CUT DEFENSE SEVERELY NOW!
By icanhascpu on 5/20/2011 9:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
The worldbfree4me because of our military, douche.


RE: NO WAY_ CUT DEFENSE SEVERELY NOW!
By Skywalker123 on 5/20/2011 10:25:43 PM , Rating: 2
They make a wasteland and call it peace.


By SPOOFE on 5/21/2011 9:43:15 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, Japan was nothing but a desolate rock between 1945 and 2011, when a Tsunami put all those Japanese folk back on the island, right?


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