The F-35 program still faces significant delays and additional costs

In recent months, the F-35 has won in many international competitions, including in Europe Whether in Switzerland, Finland, Canada or Germany, the Lockheed-Martin device has systematically taken over on its Western counterparts, such as the American Super Hornet, or the European Rafale, Typhoon and Gripen. Paradoxically, at the same time, the Pentagon announced that it intended to reduce the number of F-35s which will be acquired by 2025, and this in a substantial way. Indeed, despite its undeniable commercial success, the device continues to face significant delays regarding the availability of the version…

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Maintenance of the F-35 will be (much) too expensive in 2036, according to the GAO and the US Air Force

Each year, the Government Accountability Office, the American equivalent of the Court of Accounts, submits a report on the F-35 program, and each year, since 2012, this report warns of the budgetary wall that the maintenance of the aircraft will constitute. since it will have entered massive service in the US armies, and in particular within the US Air Force, which plans to acquire 1.763 copies. And this year's report will not have been an exception, since the office estimates that in the state of the maintenance cost projections, that is to say taking into consideration the reductions planned in the future in application of the methods optimization of…

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Deadlines, additional costs, lack of parts: the outsourcing of the maintenance of the LCS of the US Navy is a failure

In the wake of the cuts in defense appropriations linked to the end of the Cold War, many armed forces gave in to the sirens of outsourcing the maintenance of major equipment to private service providers. While some contracts were framed from the start in the form of capacity commitments, as in the case for example of the maintenance of the Dax EALAT fleet, the majority of them, relating to potentially deployable equipment, were limited to commitments of means. However, this approach opens the door to significant deviations in terms of costs and deadlines, with the key, the reduction…

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US Congress directly threatens F35 program

During the study of the Pentagon's 2022 budget, the American Congress profoundly changed its tone regarding the F35 program, even threatening its continuation. “If the program continues to fail to control and reduce the maintenance costs of the F35 program, we may have to invest in a new, less expensive program,” said bluntly the Democratic representative of the 3rd District of California John Garamendi, chairman of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee. And to add that considering the list of defects of the device, he would not support, nor his committee, the traditional increase in orders during…

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What are the consequences of the new fiscal slippage of the F35 program?

The South Korean authorities had a very unpleasant surprise concerning their fleet of F35s, of which 24 of the 40 aircraft ordered have already been delivered to the Asian peninsula. Indeed, Lockheed-Martin and the American authorities are claiming $266 million from Seoul, in order to finance the transition of its fleet to the Block 4 version, the first version considered effectively operational of the Lightning II. This additional cost represents a price higher than that of 3 new aircraft, i.e. almost 20% of the fleet still to be delivered, simply to bring the aircraft up to a usable standard. What, of course, create some tensions, especially within the…

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Is technologism the worst enemy of military efficiency?

Over the past 20 years, the US Army has spent more than $30 billion on programs that did not result in the production of operational equipment, in particular with the Comanche light attack and reconnaissance helicopter program , the Futur Combat system light armor renewal program, and the Bradleys Ground Combat Vehicle replacement program. While today it launched a vast modernization programme, made up of 6 branches ranging from the replacement of reconnaissance and maneuver helicopters, to the next generation of armored vehicles, including the infovaluation of the battlefield and the next generation of artillery equipment, the GAO (Government Accountability…

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