24/09/2020

Nextbigfuture has covered the massive amounts of problems with the F-35 Stealth fighters. There will be trilli

Nextbigfuture has covered the massive amounts of problems with the F-35 Stealth fighters. There will be trillions of dollars wasted on 2000-3000 F-35 jets.
This is not a blogger griping about some perceived issues. This is early release information from the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s director for operational test and evaluation (DOT&E), Robert Behler.
The previous 2018 test and evaluation report is here.
This is government auditors and testers telling the taxpayer how bad things are with a $428 billion program. Basic capabilities for a military plane would be to have guns that are accurate. Another basic would not have cracks on gun mounts that so bad that the pilots are told to pretty much never shoot the guns. These problems go along with a still-growing list of software problems.
The F-35 was supposed to be a more affordable option than the F-22. The F-35 will be as expensive or more expensive than the F-22s. The F-35s are less capable than the F-22. We could have paid less for F-22s and got more.
The F-35 is a Lockheed Martin product. How have the two main airplane providers for the US Lockheed Martin and Boeing fallen so far? It seems if you are not accountable for delivering over-priced crappy products and lemons then you will deliver crappy products and lemons.
There should be hearings and accountability on these issues. The US has the technological capability to build quality planes and affordable military systems. However, we would have to switch to companies under the guidance of Elon Musk or other technologists.
By late September 2019, 490 F-35s had been delivered and will require extensive retrofitting. The testing office said those planes were equipped with six different versions of software, with another on the way. There are now about 1,000 planes will be in the hands of the U.S. and foreign militaries.
The 25mm gun on Air Force models of the Joint Strike Fighter has unacceptable accuracy in hitting ground targets and is mounted in housing thats cracking.
The gun mounts cracking is forcing the Air Force to restrict the guns use. The program office has made progress with changes to gun installation to improve accuracy but they havent been tested yet, according to the report.
Let me emphasize that F-35 pilots are mostly not permitted to use the 25mm gun and if they do use then it will be highly inaccurate.
* Annual Pentagon testing report also finds 873 software issues* It cites 13 must-fix items before $22 billion upgrade phase
Brian Wang is a prolific business-oriented writer of emerging and disruptive technologies. He is known for insightful articles that combine business and technical analysis that catches the attention of the general public and is also useful for those in the industries. He is the sole author and writer of nextbigfuture.com, the top online science blog. He is also involved in angel investing and raising funds for breakthrough technology startup companies.
He gave the recent keynote presentation at Monte Jade event with a talk entitled the Future for You.  He gave an annual update on molecular nanotechnology at Singularity University on nanotechnology, gave a TEDX talk on energy, and advises USC ASTE 527 (advanced space projects program). He has been interviewed for radio, professional organizations. podcasts and corporate events. He was recently interviewed by the radio program Steel on Steel on satellites and high altitude balloons that will track all movement in many parts of the USA.
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