Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pentagon Discloses New Quality Glitch on Lockheed's F-35 Jets

The Pentagon’s F-35 program office is weighing how to fix to a newly discovered glitch in the fighter -- the military’s most expensive program -- that halted deliveries of the Lockheed Martin Corp. plane for 30 days. Discovery of the flaw came after the Pentagon already has taken delivery of about 250 F-35s to date. Upkeep of the F-35 fleet will become more challenging as the Pentagon prepares for what the manager of the program has called a “tsunami” of new production toward an eventual planned U.S. fleet of 2,456 planes plus more than 700 additional planes to be sold to allies.

The fastener example is another instance of the potential maintenance burden on the program.