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F-22 Fix will only cost 100 million, not $1B

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posted on May, 4 2006 @ 10:58 AM
Air Force spokesman Doug Karas has denied Monday's report by Defense News, that fixing the F-22's structural flaws would cost $1 billion.

Accoring to the Reuters news service, the Air Force said fixing the flaws would cost around 100 million bucks.

An Air Force spokesman told Defense News that the discovery occurred as part of the normal testing process for each new aircraft design.

"As the aircraft come down the production line, they continue to test the fleet," said Maj. Keith Scheirmann, chief of Raptor heavy maintenance and modifications at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. "Sometimes, we find areas where we want to go back and enhance the capability or upgrade the aircraft," he told the publication.

Still, fixing the problem in each airplane could require removing the wings to inspect the boom area, a time-intensive and expensive process, officials said.

Sources: - Flaw Could Shorten Raptors' Lives
Reuters - US Air Force sees $100 million to fix F-22 problem

posted on May, 4 2006 @ 11:42 AM
I suppose they have to say something but I don't think the USAF is a particularly reliable or impartial source on this kind of thing.

The last thing they want to do with a program as expensive as the F22 (that they want so much) is admit there's another $1 or 2 etc etc billion needing throwing at it - especially for an error in a manufacturing process that should not have gone wrong.

They (in collusion with the manufacturers) have a long track record of cost-over-runs and reckless accounting which is simply stunning.

Rather than question which programs come in late and over-cost it would be far simpler to just list the few since 1980 that have ever come in on budget and on time.

......and as for the US public tollerating a situation where trillions of $ simply cannot be accounted for, well, unbelievable is a much over-used term but truely fitting here.
Where are the investigations?
Where are the fraud trials?
Why isn't the US tax-payer furious about this staggering loss, are they so cowed and perceptions so twisted that this isn't seen as a serious crime against the US people?

More money for the Pentagon, CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales reports, while its own auditors admit the military cannot account for 25 percent of what it spends.

"According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion(trillion!) in transactions," Rumsfeld admitted.

$2.3 trillion — that's $8,000 for every man, woman and child in America. To understand how the Pentagon can lose track of trillions, consider the case of one military accountant who tried to find out what happened to a mere $300 million.

posted on May, 4 2006 @ 11:47 AM
Sminkey, your post reminds of something I read in Flight way back in the 1980's. The Pentagon was suddenly faced with a funding squeeze and were put in the position of accounting for all the money they were spending in detail. As an example of the sort of thing they found they cited a bill for nuts, bolts and washers that equated to $15,000 for each one.

Frankly I am amazed if, after that, the situation is still the same today

posted on May, 4 2006 @ 12:43 PM
When an extra fix is going to cost "only" $100m then you know we're in trouble.

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