Thursday, January 5, 2017

F-35C hits another major snag

The Pentagon has established a "red team" to address the considerable shortcomings with the F-35C, the carrier-based naval variant of the most expensive weapons project in history.

The problem, detailed in a Navy report with data dating back to 2014, deals with rough takeoffs that hurt and disorient pilots at the critical moment when they're taking off from a carrier. Factors related to the plane's design will take several months to several years to fully fix. The report states that long term actions to address the problem will not take place until 2019.
Extreme movements in the cockpit during launch risk pilot health. Pain threatens the ability of pilots to read flight-critical data as they perform the complicated task of launching from a moving platform at sea. Redesigns to the plane, as well as to carriers, may be necessary.