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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 05:02 AM

 

Pentagon report cites "lack of maturity" of Lockheed F-35 jet

Source: Reuters



WASHINGTON - Lockheed Martin Corp's's new F-35 fighter jet has completed over a third of its planned flight tests, but it Still faces problems with the helmet needed to fly the plane, software development and weapons integration, according to a report by the Pentagon's chief weapons tester.

The 18-page report, sent to Congress on Friday, included a detailed account of those issues and others, which it said underscored the "lack of maturity" of the $396 billion weapons program, the Pentagon's most expensive ever.

The program exceeded the number of flight tests and specific system tests planned for 2012 but lagged in some areas due to unresolved problems and newly discovered issues, the report said. It said Lockheed did not accomplish all the tests planned for 2012, but boosted the year's total of specific tests by bringing forward some evaluations planned in later years.

Lockheed is building three different models of the F-35 fighter jet for the U.S. military and eight countries that helped pay for its development: Britain, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia and Norway.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/13/us-lockheed-fighter-idUSBRE90C00D20130113

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Reply Pentagon report cites "lack of maturity" of Lockheed F-35 jet (Original post)
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 OP
Historic NY Jan 2013 #1
onethatcares Jan 2013 #2
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 #4
FreeBC Jan 2013 #12
onethatcares Jan 2013 #14
Historic NY Jan 2013 #15
ReRe Jan 2013 #3
valerief Jan 2013 #6
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #13
grahamhgreen Jan 2013 #5
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 #7
bahrbearian Jan 2013 #8
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #9
L0oniX Jan 2013 #10
FreeBC Jan 2013 #11
Plucketeer Jan 2013 #16
AntiFascist Jan 2013 #17
Sen. Walter Sobchak Jan 2013 #18


Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:04 AM

2. what better way

of flushing tax dollars down the MIC hole ??? No wonder we couldn't up the tax on those folks making over 250k a year

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:29 AM

4. $396 billion for fighter jets we don't need.

 

This country is fucked up.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:15 AM

12. Thats just development, we still have to buy them

 

at 200-400 million each

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Response to FreeBC (Reply #12)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 01:02 PM

14. oh, then forget about my first post

that makes it all so much better

this country is really fucked,

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 01:33 PM

15. Its estimated that the entire life cycle will be 1.40 trillion..

we can just mint a coin.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:07 AM

3. Corporations are people....

...and jets are immature.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 07:05 AM

6. +1

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Response to ReRe (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 12:50 PM

13. An F35...

toilet papered my house last night

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:52 AM

5. Who are the billionaires in this story?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 07:52 AM

7. This was posted in GD:

 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022183908

F-35 Marine Model Stress Testing Halted Over Cracks

Durability testing on the most complicated version of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s (LMT) F-35 was halted last month after “multiple” cracks were discovered in the fighter jet, according to the Pentagon’s testing office.

The previously undisclosed halt in high-stress ground testing involves the F-35B, the Marine Corps' version that must withstand short takeoffs and landings on carriers and amphibious warfare vessels, according to an annual report on the F-35 that Defense Department testing chief Michael Gilmore sent to Congress yesterday. Flight testing wasn’t affected.

Development of the F-35, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system, has been marked by delays and cost increases. The Pentagon estimates the total cost for development and production of 2,443 F-35s will be $395.7 billion, a 70 percent increase since the initial contract with Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin was signed in 2001.

Durability testing is intended to stress an airframe, assessing its capability to achieve a projected aircraft lifetime of 8,000 “equivalent flight hours.”

More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-12/f-35-marine-model-stress-testing-halted-over-cracks.html

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:29 AM

8. Its a good thing that we have the F-22 for back up.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:40 AM

9. Well, no doubt; it's letting the Joint Chief's dick extension hang out, look at that.

Gotta love our military budget; building new shit that we intend to destroy so we can make way for more newer shit that we intend to destroy!

Christ guys, even Microsoft stretches its planned obsolescence over three years!

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:05 AM

10. It's another POS.

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence
than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:12 AM

11. The F-35 is a well known scam

 

Nobody wants it except for the guys getting rich selling it to us and the Texas congressmen that serve them.

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Response to FreeBC (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 04:09 PM

16. We should ALL....

call our reps TOMORROW MORNING - and DEMAND they cut the military spending in HALF - if not even MORE - THIS WEEK. These stupid fucks work for US - not JUST the monied.

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 04:24 PM

17. + trillions n/t

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 07:49 PM

18. A navy test pilot I know says in the eyes of most Navy airmen the program is already dead,

They're just waiting for congress to do the formalities.

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