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Will the construction of the F-35 fighter stop?

The most ambitious American project of recent years - the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter - has again become the subject of discussion. This time among the proposals regarding the future of the aircraft even the termination of purchases appears. The reason for this is the current reduction in defense spending associated with the overall financial policy of the American leadership.

According to Bloomberg, 31 July at the Pentagon held a meeting on the future financial policy of the military. During this event, according to sources in the US military, among other options for reducing defense spending, the possibility of stopping purchases of the latest F-35 fighters was considered. Until October of the current 2013 year, i.e. Before the start of the next fiscal year, the Pentagon must decide which projects will be cut. Next year, Congress demands that the military reduce their spending by at least 50 billions of dollars.

It was the financial side of the F-35 project that was the main reason for which it was the subject of discussion at a recent meeting. Despite numerous promises about prospects, in economic terms, the new aircraft does not look too good. So, by now the estimated total cost of the project, including the creation of the project and the construction of 2443 fighters of three modifications, has exceeded 390 billions of dollars. Thus, for the 12 years that have passed since the start of the main works, the estimated cost of the project has increased by 68%, which could not but cause complaints from Congress and the public.

Probably, the possibility of abandoning a promising fighter is not yet being considered seriously, or is one of the extreme measures that can be taken under appropriate circumstances. Therefore, in particular, US Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel in his recent speech on the sequestration of the military budget, did not say a word about the newest F-35 fighter. At the same time, he hinted at a possible development of events. According to him, the Pentagon now has to choose between “lesser power” and the refusal to create new or upgrade old weapons and equipment.

Against the background of the last News about the possible abandonment of the F-35 in an interesting way, the previous news begins to look. Just a few days ago, it was announced that the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin had agreed on new shipments of F-35 fighters. According to the latest information, the United States Armed Forces will receive 60 of the latest fighter jets, and another 11 will be built for Australia, Britain, Italy and Turkey. Then, citing sources close to contract negotiations, it was argued that the new contract for the supply of equipment took into account some of the wishes of customers regarding the cost of aircraft.

At the same time, despite all the efforts of the parties, until the beginning of next year it will not be possible to achieve the required savings only on reducing the supply of F-35 fighter jets. The total cost of an 71 aircraft planned for construction in the near future does not exceed 7,5-8 billions of dollars. Congress, in turn, requires a much larger scale cuts in the military budget. In the next ten years, the Pentagon should save at least 500 billions of dollars, which is one of the most difficult and urgent tasks facing the US military. Thus, in the context of the F-35 Lightning II program, only a complete failure or at least a drastic reduction in plans to build such fighters can have a tangible impact on reducing costs.

Despite the numerous disputes surrounding this project is not the first year, the final decision of the Pentagon is clear even now. The US Department of Defense will not abandon this aircraft, since a large part of the estimated 390 billions of dollars has already been spent on the development and production of a certain number of production aircraft. In addition, not so long ago, the hundredth pilot passed the F-35 flight training course and the personnel training continues. Thus, the apparent savings that should follow the termination of the project will make all previous investments in it meaningless.

Will the construction of the F-35 fighter stop?
The 100th F-35 Pilot - US Air Force Major Robert Miller (c)

As is clear from the words of some representatives of the leadership of the US armed forces, the Pentagon is really not going to abandon the latest fighter. For example, the head of the procurement department of the Ministry of Defense F. Kendell believes that all further events around F-35 should take the path of solving problems. In no case can the project be closed, as this will affect both the country's defense capability and the state of industry and technology.

Nevertheless, the main reason for the preservation of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft is to consider the financial side of the project, namely, the investments already made. In the current state, with only a few dozen planes, the program cannot achieve the results that it initially pursued. Thus, any proposal to completely abandon the continued construction of new aircraft will entail a lot of disputes in Congress.

Official information about the future of the program F-35 Lightning II has not yet been announced, but US officials regularly raise the topic of reducing military spending. Probably in the very near future, one of the highest-ranking officials will finally talk about the plans of the American leadership and announce what measures will be taken to reduce costs in the framework of the construction of new fighters.

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  1. Canep
    Canep 13 August 2013 08: 21
    Americans need to think not about where to dump the granny, but about how to distribute debts. It seems to me that if the United States falls apart into several states, then for them it will be a solution to the problem. But not for us. A crisis will be ensured.
  2. Nayhas
    Nayhas 13 August 2013 09: 31
    Ugh, the fact of the matter is that the money for the design of the F-35A / B / C has already been largely spent and refusal to manufacture the aircraft will not return it. Moreover, there are agreements with NATO partners and not only that cannot be ignored. So all these discussions are nothing more than populism.
    1. VAF
      VAF 13 August 2013 18: 50
      Quote: Nayhas
      Phew, the fact of the matter is that the money for the design of the F-35A / B / C has already been mostly spent and refusal to manufacture the aircraft will not return

      Eugene, everything is correct, but there are several points that have already snapped up:

      1. How much is needed, so much will be printed.
      2. And we with their oil and gas .. pay.
      3. And "why" to speak for them .. we ourselves have such a project "super-duper", it's a pity I didn't stick it into the article yesterday, but today it's somehow no longer relevant, and I don't want to return.
  3. Stiletto
    Stiletto 13 August 2013 09: 40
    Yes, in all likelihood, the States will act according to their usual principle: "To whom I owe - I forgive everyone!"
  4. avt
    avt 13 August 2013 09: 43
    Quote: Nayhas
    Ugh, the fact of the matter is that the money for the design of the F-35A / B / C has already been largely spent and refusal to manufacture the aircraft will not return it. Moreover, there are agreements with NATO partners and not only that cannot be ignored. So all these discussions are nothing more than populism.

    Yes, they will not refuse from the principle of constant milking of the budget.
  5. 12061973
    12061973 13 August 2013 10: 26
    maybe it will stop, as the plane is almost 20 years old. plainly did not bring to mind, it’s cheaper to make a new model, based on previous experience.
  6. Vlad_Mir
    Vlad_Mir 13 August 2013 11: 12
    Perhaps this will be the largest drank in the history of civilization! Russian corruption schemes just relax!
  7. ivshubarin
    ivshubarin 13 August 2013 11: 21
    Let them rivet and more, quickly surrender. For PAK-FA, he is not a competitor
  8. Forest
    Forest 13 August 2013 11: 38
    Something the defenders on the salary of the F-35 today do not protect. Probably a reduction in spending on US defense and affected them laughing
  9. Syrdon
    Syrdon 13 August 2013 11: 39
    close your f35 amers, our PAK FA will still do you for one or two.
  10. eplewke
    eplewke 13 August 2013 11: 45
    F-35 practically does not win over its fellow tribesmen "super hornets" and "needles". All the work that they want to load on the F-35 is perfectly performed by the NATO aircraft already in service. As invisible, ostensibly unlike other models, he is worthless. Raptors, yes, you can partly agree with this, but lightning will be a fat target for air defense ...
  11. saturn.mmm
    saturn.mmm 13 August 2013 11: 49
    Will the construction of the F-35 fighter stop?
    It doesn’t stop, all that the article contains is a veiled congressional desire to save a little while industrialists, respectively, to make money.
  12. Tambov we ...
    Tambov we ... 13 August 2013 12: 23
    In a difficult time for us, our Yak-141 was grabbed "for free". Now times are repeated, only for them. Stolen technology takes revenge. ...
  13. gerafak
    gerafak 13 August 2013 12: 26
    Yes, they will not stop building, they will not stop, the Americans simply have no way back, but they can reduce production. A confident talk about the qualities of the aircraft will be possible only after several years of use in combat units and after real, not computer battles.
  14. Ogogoshka
    Ogogoshka 13 August 2013 12: 44
    100 pilot is similar to Medvedev
  15. edge
    edge 13 August 2013 15: 03
    Quote: avt
    Yes, they will not refuse the principle of constant milking of the budget

    the usual American principle: they developed, started production, and then slowly finalized to the stated conditions - this topic allows you to milk the budget long and hard. In contrast to them, our people put on the stream an already tested, military vehicle. Amers simply try to pull as fast as possible as much dough ....
  16. Pimply
    Pimply 13 August 2013 16: 31
    Ordinary budget wars. You should not take all this too seriously, to be a project.
  17. ayyildiz
    ayyildiz 13 August 2013 16: 33
    Hundredth is already in the conveyor!
    1. studentmati
      studentmati 13 August 2013 22: 26
      Clear photo !!!
  18. Lone gunman
    Lone gunman 13 August 2013 18: 57
    cool aircraft% 30-40 it is Russian-Soviet ... of course the program will continue-

    and of course the PAK FA is not a competitor to the F-35, different "weight" categories ...
  19. GUSAR
    GUSAR 13 August 2013 19: 53
    The F-35 is a wonderful car, but it’s still damp, but still one of the pioneers, they’ll finalize it, and the bird will be what it takes
  20. Crang
    Crang 13 August 2013 20: 02
    F-35 damn .... Well, our Yak-41 spilled. We need to revive the production of cool Yak in a new guise and everything will be OK.
  21. 0255
    0255 13 August 2013 22: 00
    the fact that more and more people are giving up on the F-35 suggests that all articles about its futility (well, or 99% of the articles) are true. A little more, and I will believe the claims that the X-32 was cooler, and only Lockheed-Martin's connections with the right people allowed them to win the competition for the JSF fighter.
    F-35 damn .... Well, our Yak-41 spilled. We need to revive the production of cool Yak in a new guise and everything will be OK.

    Yakovlev Design Bureau conducts or led earlier programs of supersonic "vertical", see the site PARALAY.COM. The issue is financing, which, apparently, is only enough for the Yak-130. By the way, the Yak-141 technology was sold to Lockheed cheaply - for $ 500.000. In what position then were the Yakovlevites that they agreed to sell the unique technology for such a ridiculous amount?
    1. Crang
      Crang 13 August 2013 22: 18
      In the idiotic vestimo. Yak-41 is such a machine. Eh ... We all pissed off.
      1. Tambov we ...
        Tambov we ... 13 August 2013 23: 26
        And the polymers pissed off. wassat
    2. saturn.mmm
      saturn.mmm 13 August 2013 22: 39
      Quote: 0255
      the fact that more and more people are refusing F-35,

      Give an example of who refused the F-35 please, only specifically.
      Quote: 0255
      In what position were the Yakovlevites then

      Yakovlevites were in a difficult situation but sold the Yak-141 technology and something else the enterprising general designer DONDUKOV Alexander Nikolaevich Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1998). In June 2000 he was awarded the Order of Merit to the Fatherland, IV degree.
      Master of sports in water skiing.
      Homeland must know its heroes in person
  22. sergey158-29
    sergey158-29 13 August 2013 22: 29
    End the SERIES and stop! Any technology sooner or later gives way to a new ...

    And so, money for the states - cut paper and a reduction in the budget of the Pentagon - is more a politician, in the name of the American people ... lol
  23. 77bor1973
    77bor1973 13 August 2013 22: 49
    In vain they developed so many modifications, it was necessary to do one thing, it would turn out to be cheaper.
  24. zolton
    zolton 15 August 2013 14: 24
    msa = 0 & ll = 36.99194
    Can anyone say what kind of aircraft it is?