How The F-35 Turned Into Such A Disaster
Paul Szoldra and Robert Johnson | Feb. 3, 2013, 12:42 PM
It may look good, but the F-35 Lightning II has some serious issues, and it has a long way to go before it can be rolled out for combat missions.
But more horrifying is not the cost of buying F-35s but the cost of operating and supporting them: $1 trillion over the planes' lifetime. Ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain, described that estimate as “jaw-dropping."
They've also discovered major issues with its software, which Air Force Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan has called "the gorilla in the room."
Lockheed and The Pentagon aren't getting along so well either. The relationship “is the worst I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been in some bad ones,” said Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan in September 2012. “I guarantee you: we will not succeed on this if we do not get past that.”