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Media: Only half of the F-35 fighter jets are airworthy

Only 51% of the latest fifth-generation F-280 fighters of the American Air Force and 35 partner countries can fly. This was reported by the Internet portal specializing in military topics, referring to Vice-Admiral Math Winter, Director of the Department of Defense for the implementation of the program for the development and procurement of this multipurpose fighter.

Media: Only half of the F-35 fighter jets are airworthy

Winter noted that many of these aircraft, which are manufactured by Lockheed Martin, revealed problems with the engines, the life support systems of the pilots, as well as the software. Especially on those who were sent to the troops and abroad in the first installments. So, among the F-35, received from the second to the fourth batch, only 40% to 50% are used, from the ninth to the tenth batch - from 70% to 75%.

According to the vice-admiral, the complaints, in particular, are caused by the Autonomous Logistics Information System (ALIS) - a program that allows F-35 to perform self-diagnostics, designed to identify units that are failing or are on the verge of failure. Often, it gives false data, forcing mechanics to dismantle certain parts or blocks and send them to the test. The situation with spare parts for the F-35 is still tense, because the corporation has engaged all its production facilities to fulfill orders for this fighter from the Pentagon and other countries, and it still does so with delays.

It is noted that the development of F-35 was spent over $ 46 billion. Initially, the Pentagon announced its intention to acquire 2 thousand 443 aircraft for 2034 year and exploit them until 2070 year. However, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in 2015 that the defense ministry, "taking into account the evolving defense strategy" and instructions of the political leadership, is revising these plans to reduce their scale.

According to experts' forecasts, in general, the implementation of this program will cost $ 1,5 trillion: 406,5 billion will be spent on the purchase and 1,1 trillion - on operation, maintenance, upgrades and repairs. This project is the most expensive at the moment in stories USA, reports TASS.
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  1. Vard
    Vard 5 March 2018 12: 29
    Yes ... they don’t seem to have a stone flower ... Programmers from India, mechanics from Bangladesh ...
    1. Thrall
      Thrall 5 March 2018 12: 32
      The task is that all F-35 fly, and not set. This is just a big business project.
      1. bouncyhunter
        bouncyhunter 5 March 2018 12: 35
        Quote: Thrall
        This is just a big business project.

        That's it: shearing coupons from allies and partners. And the fact that almost half does not fly does not matter: shrinkage and utruska. wassat
        1. Shurik70
          Shurik70 5 March 2018 12: 47
          Quote: Vard
          Yes ... it seems they don’t have a stone flower ...

          Do not flatter yourself. The T-34 tank of the first assemblies had VERY many breakdowns, complaints. After eliminating childhood diseases, he became the best tank. F-35 first mass in its class. These shortcomings will be eliminated, and the next will be more dangerous, more reliable .... One pleases - it will be more expensive.
          1. zenion
            zenion 5 March 2018 14: 44
            But the T-34 did not fall to the ground.
        2. dorz
          dorz 5 March 2018 12: 50
          life support systems for pilots, as well as software

          C Windows always any problems happen.
          1. bouncyhunter
            bouncyhunter 5 March 2018 13: 15
            Quote: dorz
            C Windows always any problems happen.

            That's for sure ! The programmers who blame Vindovoz on what’s worth the truth are actually bewildering: if it worked stably and without glitches, then they would be left without work. lol
      2. Shura Sailors
        Shura Sailors 5 March 2018 12: 44
        You must contact the Consumer Protection Bureau laughing
    2. ancestors from Don
      ancestors from Don 5 March 2018 12: 32
      The Americans plant their satellites on raw, unfinished equipment, and then they still pull the loot for repairs and modernization, they cleverly conceived.
    3. siberalt
      siberalt 5 March 2018 12: 36
      Interestingly, the Americans take away their marriage, or at least pay a penalty for shitty bullshit? winked If complaints go en masse, then they will have a bad deal with the arms trade. Moreover, Putin well spoiled them with his message. belay
    4. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith 5 March 2018 12: 38
      And all the electronics and wiring from China. Because of what there was a big scandal.
    5. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith 5 March 2018 12: 55
      That is why I was always glad when I read about deliveries to England, Japan, Sweden or Israel. Even with the elimination of all breakdowns, these countries will be forced to throw out enormous amounts of budget defense mines to support the F-35 service - refueling, equipment, etc. As a result, several cars will work, and the rest will be chained to the airfield.
      1. zenion
        zenion 5 March 2018 14: 51
        The fact is that for each aircraft, maintenance personnel of 20 pieces are needed. And they need to be serviced, or in turn, whether to score so much for each aircraft. And about the diagnosis is the same cradle. Without diagnostics, they do not fly, and the pilots get afraid of them. They showed how the first F-35 sat on an aircraft carrier. Four calls and can’t sit down. The pilot swears, the head swears. In general, they planted him with binoculars. The pilot says that the device shows that he is at a height of 50 meters from the landing deck, although he sees with his eyes that the deck is close. They said not to turn off the engine. Technicians climbed into the cockpit, look at the altimeter, and it shows that the plane is at an altitude of 40 meters from the deck. It turned out that the sea has a negative effect on electronics.
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 5 March 2018 15: 41
          "the aircraft needs 20 staff" ///

          This is at first - not yet mastered. Then they optimize
          inter-flight inspection and maintenance. And six technicians on the plane will be enough.
          1. Lord of the Sith
            Lord of the Sith 5 March 2018 15: 56
            I agree completely.
      2. Alex-a832
        Alex-a832 5 March 2018 16: 07
        To at least somehow begin to beat off the costs of the project, lobbyists dragged the production of these crude machines into service and into series. The situation with F16 was approximately the same, but the issue price is not comparable. The project is more likely dead than alive. If not for influential lobbyists, would buy this fifth-generation budget fighter lol few would dare.
    6. Omskgasmyas
      Omskgasmyas 6 March 2018 08: 09
      Not at all. Due to secrecy, Americans hold key developer posts. Foreigners are only in the wings.
      Given the American education system, the result is a little predictable.
      What we see firsthand, looking at the armament of the US Army and Navy.
  2. Irokez
    Irokez 5 March 2018 12: 29
    Everything universal is worse than special. Here is the rake. It seems that the amers have no rake at all as a tool, and therefore they are constantly getting into an unknown household tool. There is no user manual.
    1. Vard
      Vard 5 March 2018 12: 32
      Not from a sober mind ... on one base fighters and verticals riveted ...
    2. Gray brother
      Gray brother 5 March 2018 12: 33
      Quote: Irokez
      It seems that amers have no rake at all as a tool

      They have a strong forehead.
  3. ul_vitalii
    ul_vitalii 5 March 2018 12: 36
    You need to rename the F-35 in the SU-35 and that’s it, the name is the point. smile In general, something is not believed that everything is so bad with him, buyers did not complain.
    1. aszzz888
      aszzz888 5 March 2018 12: 39
      ul_vitalii Today, 12:36 AM
      You need to rename the F-35 in the SU-35 and that’s it, the name is the point. smile But in general, I can’t believe that everything is so bad with him, buyers did not complain.

      And what, will the mericatos give them such a right?
      1. ul_vitalii
        ul_vitalii 5 March 2018 12: 51
        Israeli comrades brave people would whisper. AND? Comrades! smile
        1. cats
          cats 5 March 2018 13: 59
          How many people are now cursing in their hearts .. lol
          Why are you so .. winked
  4. _Jack_
    _Jack_ 5 March 2018 12: 38
    among F-35s received from the second to fourth parties, only 40% to 50% are operated, from the ninth to tenth parties, from 70% to 75%
    the key phrase in the article, positive dynamics is not in doubt
  5. Des10
    Des10 5 March 2018 12: 46
    Well, if it’s about money --- they’ll print it, then your machine.
    And also - there is a buyer and there is - a seller.
    After all, they both think. smile
    CAT BAIYUN 5 March 2018 12: 51
    51% of the delivered

    and not fit? belay
    It is clear that the project is commercial, it is clear that you need to sell what has not yet been done and not released, but 51% .....
    Passion how do you want to listen to the adherents of the sect "Fu-35 is the best" .. Can somehow explain the current state of things ...? Well they are literate, in the know, go .... laughing
  7. rocket757
    rocket757 5 March 2018 13: 10
    C'mon, they will bring this program to mind, because the tendency to replace everything with a "penguin" is set!
    They will develop a tactic ... unless of course the enemy agrees to follow this tactic ??? This is a big question!
    But for that, shaw babosikov still have to immensely suck in, no doubt!
  8. evil partisan
    evil partisan 5 March 2018 13: 11
    Well, in fact, with each new batch, the combat effectiveness of the F-35 is growing. This can be seen from the statistics. And they are riveted a lot ...
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 5 March 2018 13: 21
      Okay so! Shaw statistics say, from the herd of non-combat, more and more, such as fighting, become ??? Is this increased combat capability called?
      The herd of cautionary, combat-ready and combat-capable becomes .... but the combat unit itself, than has become more combat-ready? Or will we overwhelm the enemy with a mass of carcasses?
  9. Altona
    Altona 5 March 2018 13: 20
    Come on? Do the Israelis know about this? laughing laughing
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 5 March 2018 15: 38
      We know, of course. But we are versed in software and electronics.
      All these little things are eliminated relatively easily. And fitbacks pass Lockheed.
      The diagnostic system will be debugged.
  10. Vol4ara
    Vol4ara 5 March 2018 13: 46
    The last thing to do is underestimate the enemy. At 41, they already fought with little blood on foreign territory ... All these childhood diseases will disappear with time, and you will get a plane with 4 internal suspension points, and 6 external ones will be involved in case of air supremacy. And it’s not necessary to write here that modern air defense systems see stealth, stealth and c200 see, only he will see f35 from 50 km, and su 27 from 400 km, and launch on it will give 35 from 150. It's like in life, we see everything with our eyes , we’ll only see a line infantryman of the 18th century from a kilometer, and a modern sniper from 2 meters, and to argue that stealth technologies in a modern war do not make sense as stupidly as they say that disguising soldiers does not make sense, we still see them ... from 2 meters ...
  11. Rav Rav
    Rav Rav 5 March 2018 15: 29
    Oh, what a pity! Why only half, it is necessary that everyone does not fly!
  12. Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 5 March 2018 19: 50
    So, among the F-35s received from the second to fourth parties, only 40% to 50% are exploited, from the ninth to tenth parties, from 70% to 75%.
    Something I did not see positive in these lines. So why are everyone so happy?
  13. Zomanus
    Zomanus 6 March 2018 00: 16
    But the plane is on sale, right? And this is the most important thing.
    No need for him to fly. It is necessary that sales would grow.)))