Mrt 25 2013

US Navy backing away from troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter?

Gepubliceerd door om 17:04 onder Global F35 News

The U.S. Navy is carefully backing away from the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program — and putting in place a backup plan in case the trillion-dollar, jack-of-all-trades stealth jet can’t recover from mounting technical and budgetary woes. So much for the F-35 being too big to fail.”

The US Navy’s Plan B is still taking shape. But its outlines are coming into view, thanks in large part to recent comments from its top officer.
It involves:
- Fewer F-35s
- More copies of the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-based fighter
- The twin-engine F/A-18E/F is already getting new weapons.
- Extra fuel tanks and some stealth treatments added to F/A-18E/F as well.

The US Navy has long been the least enthusiastic of the Joint Strike Fighter’s U.S. customers.

Read more: Wired; David Axe; 25-mar-2013; “If the Military’s Future Stealth Jet Fails, the Navy’s Got a Backup Plan

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