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The US Department of Defense has suspended the acceptance of engines for F-35 aircraft due to a recent incident with a fighter

The US Department of Defense has suspended the acceptance of engines for F-35 aircraft due to a recent incident with a fighter

The Pentagon has temporarily suspended acceptance of engines for F-35 fighter jets, although it had previously reached an agreement with Lockheed Martin for a new $30 billion contract to supply several hundred more F-35 fighter jets.

According to the Pentagon, the pause with the acceptance of engines began on December 27, 2022, and its duration has not yet been determined. It is difficult to say how long the break in acceptance will last. It all depends on the speed of the investigation of the incident itself. Aircraft engines are known to be manufactured by Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies.

Recall that on December 15, 2022, the F-35B plane tried to land, but the pilot lost control. The pilot managed to eject, but the plane was seriously damaged.

For Lockheed Martin, the suspension of acceptance of engines is not very pleasant. news. After all, the US Department of Defense was going to order new aircraft not only for its own needs, but also for foreign buyers - Belgium, Poland and Finland. At the same time, there is no doubt that the engine acceptance process will resume in the near future. The Pentagon, even when taking into account all the incidents and accidents, speaks very highly of the F-35 aircraft.

Air Force Lieutenant General Mike Schmidt, head of the F-35 Joint Program Directorate, calls the fighter the world's best fifth-generation multi-role aircraft, drawing attention to the fact that their compatibility with other weapons, including those possessed by US allies, will be strengthened and developed. NATO.

There is simply no other aircraft that can do everything the F-35 does to defeat and deter even the most advanced threats.

- said Bridget Lauderdale, vice president of Lockheed Martin, who is responsible for implementing the F-35 fighter program.

However, the aircraft is very expensive. It is still difficult to say how much one F-35A costs. In the new contract, the price is set at $78 million, but the contract does not cover the cost aviation engines.

According to a number of experts, the cost of aircraft in the new batch may be higher. This is due to general inflation, as well as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and rising energy prices.

According to Lockheed Corporation, there are 894 F-35s in the world, distributed over 17 countries. More than 1870 international pilots and 13 technicians have been trained in the operation and maintenance of F-500 aircraft.
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  1. Bingo
    Bingo 5 January 2023 09: 15
    In general, ordinary news. Once again, it has been proven that a layout is a layout. However, this is not important, because the combat mission for him is to hang noodles on his ears. And it is performed regardless of the quality of the noodles - the main thing is that the hanger is spread out.
    An example - in all the garbage dumps it sounds that the Su-57 is not a 5th generation fighter ... For the engine is "not the same". At the same time, the F-35 is - without a doubt - the 5th generation ... Despite, for example, that it is the engine that is so "not the same" that the obligatory cruising supersonic is a necessary condition for inclusion in the 5th generation ... There was no .
    And in general, with dviguns there, the fairy tale is already boring. The price, as if elves grind it out of diamond manually, the resource is like that of a one-day butterfly, in connection with which the F-35s stand in crowds without dviguns, reliability is also not good, well, it’s already been said about supersonic ... But you can’t see under the noodles wink
    1. Asad
      Asad 5 January 2023 09: 47
      All fakes collected? 835 pieces were made, all the shortcomings are known. But we do not know the price of SU 57 as well as about the shortcomings. With so many incidents, accidents are inevitable, we also have catastrophes. In Irkutsk, in general, there is some kind of surrealism.
      1. Bingo
        Bingo 5 January 2023 09: 54
        Oh, the Fat Dristun sect is on duty... They have nothing to say about cruising supersonic, so yell louder "Damned Terran Vyfsevreti"
        After the Houthis from ..., in general, swept away a bit of the Emirates, violating the "peaceful" life (this is when you bomb others, and you don't care for it), we promised to "cover" the sixes from the answer: traditionally - send a destroyer gunboat ("Cole") and "5th generation" fighters. All ballistic missiles and Houthi drones are already trembling with fear. But this, it turns out, will be the "second" deployment of F-35A fighters to East of Israel. The first [deployment - at al-Dhafra] was, as refused, a bit of a failure - the engines on them turned out to be out of order ... Now Pratt-Whitney has allegedly developed new "supercoats". So now you can. Try. I wonder how Israel is? The climate seems to be the same. F-35A still flying? Or are they also waiting for the replacement of engines?

        Interestingly, but the idea that the Mr., which is mass-produced, is simply mass-produced guan, such as LCS and F-35, will not blow up their fragile little world? Otherwise, they have not yet recovered from the invulnerable Bayraktars ... And there are already Irises and Patriots on the way with might and main
    2. Kaufman
      Kaufman 5 January 2023 10: 00
      Already 1000 pieces. What kind of layout is this? A good combat multifunctional aircraft. And the price, well, try to compare with the Su 57. If you find something to compare with.
      This is a very serious enemy, which we have nothing to cover with. And besides it, the latest versions of the F16 and F15 are also very serious devices. A few thousand against our hundreds of Dryers? Completely incomparable
      1. Bingo
        Bingo 5 January 2023 10: 09
        Quote: kaufman
        What kind of layout is this?

        Pre-production, because it is not mass-produced - the Pentagon does not accept with 900 design flaws, therefore all those released are from pre-production, officially "experimental batches"
        An F-35 fighter jet of the Japanese Air Force from the Misawa airbase made an emergency landing at Hokadot airport. In itself, the forced landing of the "Little Dristun" there, at the nearest airfield in Japan, is not surprising - there they are about once a month one at a time, two by two flop somewhere, but it's interesting how the pilot gets "from there". Here they just somehow told what an amazing retractable ladder the F-35 has for landing / disembarking the pilot. Something doesn't work, however... "Bring the streak!"

        1. Asad
          Asad 5 January 2023 10: 15
          Follower of Meehan at maximum speed, keep up the good work.
        2. Kaufman
          Kaufman 5 January 2023 10: 18
          Compare what is comparable. 4 Su 57 and 850 penguins. Their industry is capable of producing dozens of aircraft a year, maybe hundreds.
  2. Joker62
    Joker62 5 January 2023 09: 18
    Air Force Lieutenant General Mike Schmidt, Chief of the F-35 Joint Program Directorate, calls the fighter the world's best fifth-generation multi-purpose aircraft

    Yah??? belay It's all bullshit... am This penguin has become too fat and clumsy. wassat
  3. alexey sidykin
    alexey sidykin 5 January 2023 09: 55
    From the 22nd? 35 has problems with the engine from the very beginning ...
  4. fiv
    fiv 5 January 2023 10: 15
    As I understand it, f35 is an integral part of the Amer's "combined military technology", which includes networks, satellites, other types of communications, intelligence and command and control. The engine will be shamanized and it will work. And the rest is already working. And our engine works, but the rest, probably not. And we need tens of years and trillions of rubles to close the gap. This means that it is necessary to develop less expensive and effective means of countering Amer's electronic miracles. What would f35 become just an airplane with so-so flight characteristics instead of an integral part of a network-centric miracle
  5. Div Divich
    Div Divich 5 January 2023 10: 22
    The F35s are in the papers, but the news about them shows that they have a lot of reliability problems.

    Perhaps they will change the engines in all aircraft, but these are not our problems.

    Let's discuss the problems of Russia, we have a lot of our own affairs, and we are discussing everything about the West.
  6. Fizik13
    Fizik13 5 January 2023 14: 35
    It is said bourgeois, self-promotion!
    In early 2011, mass production began. The plane for 12 years has not got rid of childhood illnesses and miscalculations.
    That's where the divorce of their allies and taxpayers, how much dough they drank!