- Oct 14, 2020
When you try to over engineer an aircraft.Some fresh news of the flying brick :
Block 4 Software Issues Could Cause F-35 Capability Delays, Costly Retrofits
Following the latest review by the Government Accountability Office, DoD is expected to again push back the schedule for the sprawling F-35 modernization effort.
The new report is yet another slap for the Joint Strike Fighter, which is already in DoD’s budget-cutting cross-hairs due to the plane’s exorbitant maintenance costs.
GAO said that costs of the effort had ballooned by $1.9 billion between 2019 and 2020, bringing the overall cost to about $14.4 billion.
(The current 2027 deadline for Block 4 completion already represents a three-year delay from the 2024 deadline DoD set in its 2018 baseline for the effort.)
"The biggest potential challenge is that these modernization elements don't reach the warfighter as quickly as they'd hoped," one expert said.breakingdefense.com
USAshould understand that the time has gone when it was the one with the best technologies and the onewho will remain a superpower.