The US Department of Defense has postponed the launch of full-scale production of fifth-generation F-35 fighters. According to the portal Defense Newsthe reason for this was the delay in testing.
To start full-scale production of the F-35, a special permit is required, which must be signed by US Deputy Secretary of Defense Ellen Lord, writes the portal. However, she cannot give such permission, since the fighter must pass a series of test tests.
(...) fighters must pass a series of comprehensive simulation tests that simulate serious threats that cannot be replicated in real flight tests
- reports the publication.
Earlier, the start of F-35 tests was scheduled for December 2020, but then it was postponed to 2021 without specifying the month.
Thus, the decision to launch a full-scale production can be made either next year or already in 2022, since after the tests it will take time to evaluate the result and draw up a report.
At the same time, as noted, the launch of full-scale production itself is, to some extent, a symbolic decision, since the Pentagon buys F-35 in an amount that allows us to talk about mass production. So, in 2019 alone, 134 5th generation F-35 fighters were delivered to the US security forces, including the Air Force and Navy, as well as the allies. If this is no longer large scale production, then what ...