Saturday, September 9, 2017

'Appallingly Bad' F35s costing UK plenty

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) will pay around £80 million ($103 million) more for its F-35s, which have faced widespread criticism due to a number of technical mishaps, undermining their performance in almost every key area. The UK is purchasing 138 F-35s for use by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Weapons experts have blasted the MoD’s £150 billion order, as the aircraft is plagued by an “unbelievably abnormal number of issues.”

A leading aviation analyst blasted the costly planes saying their “maneuverability is appallingly bad." It has terrific problems trying to fly fast at low altitude. “It overheats, and when you detect the overheating, you have to open the bomb bay doors to cool the missiles that are inside.” More serious, dozens of F-35s were grounded after five pilots suffered hypoxia. The cause of the oxygen-supply malfunction remains unknown, but the stealth fighter jets returned to action after 11 days.

A UK F-35 report found the ‘only thing stealthy’ to be ‘the price tag’.

Lockheed Chief Financial Officer Bruce Tanner boasted that his company’s profits are likely to increase.
The plane’s operational software remains a serious weakness and may not be compatible with the Royal Navy ships. Even Britain’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, may be unable to receive transmissions from the planes. These technical faults compelled the US Department of Defense (DoD) to spend nearly $4 billion to modernize the fighter jets. Lockheed Martin made almost $89 million in profit at the expense of British taxpayers in just three months by repairing the jets.