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Time to Put the Broken and Bloated F-35 Program to Rest?

"The F-35’s wide-ranging problems might be understandable if costs were low and the project was a bargain even with the required fixes and supply chain complications. But, asking taxpayers to shell out more money for these problem-plagued jets is like asking a middle-class family to pay for a $200,000 Lamborghini that needs to be taken to the mechanic immediately after purchase. Asking citizens to foot this bill is absurd, especially at such a difficult time.

Lawmakers desperately need to find cost savings across the federal government instead of doubling down on budget-busting boondoggles. They can start by closing the book on the disastrous F-35 program."


 

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The inside story of two supersonic flights that changed how America operates the F-35

IIRC they fixed the issue partially with a thermal coating from Lot 8 F 35s. It's also never reappeared despite repeated attempts to recreate it.

As justification for the decision, Winter noted that the issue was documented while the jet was flying at the very edge of its flight envelope. He also said the phenomenon only occurred once for both the B and C models, despite numerous attempts to replicate the conditions that caused the problem.
The new coating, which was introduced in Lot 8, allows the jet to withstand hotter temperatures caused by the afterburner, the documents stated. Winter characterized the material as able to withstand “what we call the thermal shock wave,” but declined to specify how the coating works or how much protection it provides.
“It may be some future advanced materials that can withstand the pressure and the temperature,” Winter said. “Then we see that, and we go, ‘Hey, look, we've got this on the book,’ [and] we do a test check to see if that new material solves that problem.”
https://www.defensenews.com/air/201...e-big-problems-for-the-f-35s-stealth-coating/

Conclusion : Don't fly the F 35 B & C out to M 1.6 for hours during normal operations. It will reduce the service life of the plane below the advertised 40 years.
 

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US Navy wants Sidekick internal weapons rack for F-35C to carry 6 AIM-120 air-to-air missiles



The Pentagon’s Fiscal Year 2021 Unfunded Priorities List has put in a request to equip low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 15 F-35C fighters with the Sidekick internal weapons rack.

The Sidekick is a modification from Lockheed Martin to allow the A and C variants to carry up to six AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles (instead of four) in its internal weapons bay.

With the introduction of missiles like CUDA, this could mean a future payload of 4 full length medium-long range weapons ( aim 260, meteor) + 4 half length short-medium range weapons (CUDA, peregrine).
 
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Time to Put the Broken and Bloated F-35 Program to Rest?

"The F-35’s wide-ranging problems might be understandable if costs were low and the project was a bargain even with the required fixes and supply chain complications. But, asking taxpayers to shell out more money for these problem-plagued jets is like asking a middle-class family to pay for a $200,000 Lamborghini that needs to be taken to the mechanic immediately after purchase. Asking citizens to foot this bill is absurd, especially at such a difficult time.

Lawmakers desperately need to find cost savings across the federal government instead of doubling down on budget-busting boondoggles. They can start by closing the book on the disastrous F-35 program."


That's coming from nationalinterest the state owned lapdog propaganda news. That's alarming for the nations who purchased F35. No wonder Germany place confidence on tornados and F18sthan F35.
 

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