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Conversion costs to modify carrier for the F-35C soared

The British government has changed its mind again on some of the F-35 Lightning II fighter jets that it intends to purchase. Unlike Canada, the British aren't considering delaying orders or reducing the number of jets they ordered this time around. Rather, the British government is now announcing that it will switch back to the F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing version of the fighter rather than the F-35C carrier-based version.
 
The F-35B STOVL fighter was originally the version that the British intended to purchase, but delays and fears of the program being canceled after the U.S. put the B variant on probation led to the British deciding to use the F-35C instead. Recent improvements to the program have led to the fighter being removed from probation, and its future is looking better.
 
According to British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond, the plan to purchase the carrier-based F-35 versions was killed due to what he calls an unacceptable cost. Delays in the plan to convert the carrier to handle the F-35C had also mounted. According to Hammond, an estimate to convert one British carrier had doubled from the original $1.6 billion to an amount roughly twice that. One British defense official blames the U.S. for that cost increase.
 
According to the unnamed official, the United States had insisted that the UK purchase the required Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System or EMALS directly through a government-to-government foreign military sales (FMS) deal rather than allowing the British to purchase directly from the manufacturer. That requirement allegedly added about 150M pounds or about 7% to the cost of obtaining the EMALS system.

The British government expects flight testing for the F-35B to begin in 2018 while initial operational capability will commence in 2020. 

Source: DefenseNews



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RE: navalised typhoon
By Sazabi19 on 5/14/2012 9:31:58 AM , Rating: 0
I'm with you on the whole F35 thing, I really don't like the aircraft. This project should not have been started and then should have been scrapped many times now, thank our friends in the govt. with their contractor buddies for that. We need specialized aircraft, not some all-in-one hodgepodge that we are getting, "It can do everything!... just not nearly as well as what others are specifically designed for...". We need air dominance aircraft as well as ground support. The US is not the proud nation it once was anymore. Hopefully we can try to get back on track after this upcoming election. BTW I find the Typhoon to be an attractive aircraft, I wish we had an updated version of our F14, those were some very nice aircraft.


RE: navalised typhoon
By Samus on 5/14/2012 5:52:32 PM , Rating: 1
F-35 sucks in Battlefield 3. Can't manuver at all, very slow. So it must suck IRL


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