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  (Source: Lockheed Martin)
The F-35 has suffered yet another technical failure, with another air-fleet temporarily grounded

The U.S. military and Lockheed Martin have grounded their F-35 fleet and launched an internal investigation into the matter, after a test flight at Edwards Air Force Base led to a power failure.

The Pentagon's F-35 Joint Program Office noted this was a precautionary move, with an unknown date on when the temporary suspension will be lifted.

Pentagon spokespeople confirmed all 20 F-35 aircraft will remain grounded until a more permanent solution can be made. The issue was expressively found inside the F-35's Integrated Power Package, which is responsible for starting the aircraft's engine.

"Once the facts are understood, a determination will be made when to lift the suspension and begin ground and flight operations," according to the JPO.

Since October 2010, there have been issues with the entire F-35 fleet being grounded at least three times for safety and mechanical issues.

The F-35 was grounded after a previous software glitch, along with previous electrical issues that have occasionally popped up along development lines. US lawmakers continue to grow tired of waiting for Lockheed Martin to push F-35 production while also increasing the price tag of the overall project.

It wasn't too long ago when the Pentagon pushed for added F-35 costs, even though the request seemed unlikely. In spite of the technological advantage of the current F-35 over other military aircraft, there have been recent grumblings related to the actual effectiveness of such air superiority. Even so, the first F-35 production jets were recently delivered at Eglin Air Force Base, which created excitement in the region.

Over the next 20 years, almost 2,500 models will be purchased by the United States -- for at least $382 billion -- while eight partner countries want to purchase an additional 750 F-35 aircraft.  It's possible added orders could be placed 

The longevity of the Lockheed F-35 program will depend on how quickly the US contractor is able to fix these continued problems. Partner nations can choose from Boeing, Russian-made aircraft, and a Eurofighter developed by several different nations, if Lockheed Martin continues to struggle.

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RE: If I Were Them
By michael67 on 8/4/2011 8:36:15 AM , Rating: -1
Agree I would think the Russian Sukhoi's T-50 is a better alternative, at least in prise, whit its only $8b to $10b R&D cost ^_^

RE: If I Were Them
By michael67 on 8/4/11, Rating: -1
RE: If I Were Them
By ajfink on 8/4/2011 9:13:18 AM , Rating: 2
Their problem isn't so much their uselessness (and we should all be thankful that, at the moment, they are rather useless) - it's how much money has been poured and continues to be poured into the programs. The Pentagon has horrible contracting regulations when it comes to actually looking into the costs that contractors tack on through subcontractors et al. Since things are getting a little tighter in the wallet there, it seems they are finally changing this, but it's probably too late for the F-35.

As for the F-22, build 'em.

RE: If I Were Them
By espaghetti on 8/4/2011 3:54:02 PM , Rating: 1
I've seen the F-22 perform at an air show at Rickenbacker Airfield.
The pilot was performing maneuvers that an F-14 only dreams of thanks to thrust vectoring.
Broke my heart actually.

RE: If I Were Them
By Smilin on 8/4/2011 4:12:00 PM , Rating: 5
A tractor trailer can pull maneuvers that an F-14 can only dream of.

RE: If I Were Them
By 91TTZ on 8/4/2011 11:39:35 AM , Rating: 3
Before I watch that, please tell me that it isn't Carlo Copp. Whenever I see something from Australia it's always that guy saying the same exact thing.

RE: If I Were Them
By hduser on 8/4/2011 1:40:38 PM , Rating: 3
Seemed like a video plug for the Russian fighter. 1/2 was spend bad mouthing the F-35 and the last half was Top Gun-Russian Style.

RE: If I Were Them
By espaghetti on 8/4/2011 3:55:11 PM , Rating: 2
So it couldn't possibly be propaganda?

RE: If I Were Them
By michael67 on 8/6/2011 3:48:04 AM , Rating: 2
Ofc not :)

Just like Lockheed Martin would also never make a promotion film that is less then true full ^_^

RE: If I Were Them
By inperfectdarkness on 8/4/2011 1:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
the t-50, like all of sukhoi's offerings, are air superiority fighters. the f-22 already fills that role.

what we need is a multi-role fighter; and the size thereof is much more similar to the mig-29.

for what it's worth, multi-role fighters usually don't stack up as well against air-superiority fighters; it kinda goes without saying. i'd honestly be surprised to see f-16's do very well against su-30mkk's; and i'd be equally surprised to see f-35's do very well against pak-fa's or j-12's.

f-35's are a great jet to conduct strike missions, mop-up defenses, provide point defense, or lower-threat escort missions.

when you need to take out the crak jets, you send in raptors.

f22's been in service for years. f35 is nearly to unit operational status. pak-fa & j-12 are still in development.

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