Officials: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program is on Track but Key Milestones Remain
June 20, 2013 9:07 AM
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F-35 software block and high-tech helmet still pose challenges
After years of delays and running over budget, officials are finally reporting some good news on the F-35 Lightning II program. Back in May, the program had reportedly
reduced its costs
by $4.5 billion. Key Pentagon officials have stated the F-35 project is now on target despite key milestones that must still be met.
The announcement came when Pentagon officials addressed the Senate panel this week.
“On the whole, the F-35 design today is much more stable [than in previous years],” Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee.
Kendall also stated that the F-35 program would be ready for an increase in production during the fiscal 2015 budget. However, he did add that deadlines for software blocks and the
special high-tech helmet
required to support the F-35 technology suite still pose challenges.
“There are a number of technical issues that need to be resolved,” Kendall said, including the tail hook for the Navy’s F-35C carrier variant that will undergo testing within the next few months.
Senator Dick Durbin, D-III, who chairs the subcommittee, said, "I think that this project is stronger today than it’s been. I think a fifth-generation aircraft is needed for our future, and I think we made mistakes along the way in the acquisition process. I hope today’s hearing will help us learn from those mistakes."
Supporters of the F-35 program still believe the aircraft is critical to allowing the U.S. to maintain air superiority. Maintaining air superiority is even more important with new fifth-generation aircraft emerging from countries such as China. The Chinese have been showing off a stealth fighter called the
over the last year.
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6/20/2013 4:25:36 PM
For the latter, how the hell does THAT work?
But, sure why use a few cannon rounds costing ~$10 each (~$3500 per 5 second burst) when you can get Raytheon/Boeing et al to build you a bomb costing circa $100,000?</cynical>
Oh, and good luck getting that single bomb to suppress infantry.
For decades now, the USAF has been basically betraying the US army with its lip service to CAS. It has tried to get rid of the A-10 numerous times, congress stopped it a couple of times, at one point the Army offered to take the A-10s, to which the USAF immediately closed ranks and begrudgingly said they'd keep flying them. Another example of this farcical situation is the C-27J - the "Joint" Cargo Aircraft - when the USAF has totally f**ked over the US army - no doubt that fiasco has got US servicemen/women killed.
Make no mistake - the USAF is interested in 1 thing and 1 thing only - what it thinks is best for the USAF - and what is best for the USAF is denying the US Army any right or scope to have aircraft of their own [bar a few C-12s and C-23s which the Army cherish]. That is not what is best for the US armed forces, or the USA in general.
Its a disgrace and if I were running the show, there would be an awful lot of USAF generals and colonels out of work by tomorrow morning.
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