Thursday, April 26, 2018

DoD suspends delivery of F-35s

The U.S. Department of Defense has stopped accepting most deliveries of F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) because of a dispute over who will cover costs for fixing a production error. Deliveries were paused over a dispute as to who will pay for what will likely be a complex and expensive logistical fix that could require technicians to travel widely to mend aircraft based around the world.

The delivery pause is just the latest of many production issues that have arisen in the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program. Lockheed says it will deliver 91 aircraft for 2018.
In other news an F-15 Eagle pilot deployed at Kadena Air Force Base told Defense News this week that the F-35 "sometimes" is defeated during training scenarios in Japan. Since 12 F-35As arrived at the airbase last November along with 300 airmen, the squadron has conducted training flights on a daily basis.