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originally posted by: _Del_
a reply to: Zaphod58
Right. Tracking every single part by serial for the whole lot is going to be a hassle. Replacing all the parts with parts that meet spec from hither to yon is going to be a hassle. It will cost a great deal of both time and money.
The delays... stemmed from flaws in parts provided by subcontractors, the Defense Contract Management Agency said in an e-mailed statement.
“There have been issues such as corrosion on some of the gears and some undersized holes,” Jacqueline Noble, a spokeswoman for the defense agency, said in the statement. While London-based Rolls-Royce and its subcontractors have made progress, the need to fix fan parts that don’t meet specifications “is still a concern,” she said.
Rolls-Royce, Europe’s largest maker of commercial aircraft engines, provides major components for the F-35B’s propulsion system to United Technologies Corp. (UTX)’s Pratt and Whitney unit. Pentagon pressure on both companies to improve deliveries and subcontractor quality may increase in advance of planned funding increases after 2015.
originally posted by: Imperium Americana
This was a failure of the P/C manager. CoA's, CoC's and MTR's are sacred and a good buyer knows when something is fishy. First mistake was taking some cut rate price and/or delivery from a small fish over a established player.