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Britain’s new £70 million F-35 fighter is struggling with “unacceptable” software problems and is less reliable than hoped a new report has warned.
The Pentagon’s chief weapons tester has warned the new stealth fighter being bought by the British and the US militaries is facing more delays and remains vulnerable to fires.
British MPs said the findings raised concerns over the future costs of one of the country’s most expensive military projects, with the Ministry of Defence committed to buying dozens of the aircraft.
The 25-page report to be delivered to the US government is the latest to contain sharp criticism of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project.
If all goes to plan, the Pentagon is on track to spend a huge figure of $396 billion on the jets, including R&D. It doesn't help that the cost to build each F-35 has risen to an average of $137 million from $69 million in 2001.
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."
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Germans had some serious advantages with the ME-262 but they were to few to change the outcome of the war.
…so why exactly are we still buying it?