More Bad News for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter?

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The F-35: the future of Air Force, Marine and Navy aviation

Back in March, we broke the news that the Pentagon’s oversight office was taking a gander at the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, estimated to cost potentially $1.5 trillion to develop, buy and operate over several decades (the Pentagon is so desperate to bring down the estimated cost to operate the plane they’re even hiring contractors to work on that!). The plane is the future of Air Force, Marine and Navy aviation, who plan to buy close to 2,500 of them: it’s the lone fighter in the pipeline.

The auditors’ report — on F-35 quality assurance management (essentially how they identify and prevent problems) — isn’t out yet, but some of their findings were contained in a one-paragraph summary in a report to Congress that came out this week. Turns out it wasn’t all rosy:

In February 2012, DoD IG initiated the F-35 AS9100 Quality Management System assessment to review conformity to specified quality management system(s), contractual quality clauses, and internal quality processes and procedures for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. As of September 2012, more than 190 findings were identified and four notices of concern sent to the F-35 Program Office. All findings were accepted and will be addressed and implemented to the maximum practicable extent. 

While it’s not good news that problems were found, we don’t know how serious they are. Whatever the case, it’s good that the Defense Department inspector general is taking a look at this mammoth and important program.

6 comments
john_xvra
john_xvra

The F-35 needs to be for the marines.  The F-22 is superior in all phases.  Is available now and is combat ready.  Wasting money when we need to get the out citizens housed,fed,educated, is a crime. 

jeffjos
jeffjos

Cancel this Turkey. Probably should buy more F-22's, 100-150 airplanes . New build F-16's  for USAF  Up Dated Harriers for USMC. 

In 15 to 20 Years manned Fighters may well be obsolete.  This is a dumb investment .  I was an Avionics Engineer at McDonnell Aircraft for 15 years.

john.galt.freedomdefender
john.galt.freedomdefender

This news report is mislabeled.  Correct title should be:  More Bad News for the taxpayers from F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  

This project is trying to outdo the entire cost of the war in Iraq, as a drain on the US treasury.  To keep this program going, recipients of social security and medicare will have to go back to work.  No doubt it will all be put right in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

zeustiak
zeustiak

Cancel the F-35 and buy ten thousand X-47's instead.  

Galen
Galen

Lets cancel it!

KrisRosvold
KrisRosvold

Lets go back to the FA-18 a great, reliable jet with excellent capabilities and 1/4 the cost of this P.O.S.!


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