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F-35 Need $1.4 Billion for Urgent Fixes. Who Pays the bill?

In 2019, DOD will decide whether to enter full-rate production for the F-35 aircraft. From the next year onwards, the Pentagon plans to invest about $10 billion annually for two decades acquiring F-35s - the most expensive and ambitious weapon acquisition program in U.S. military history. By the time the program moves into full-rate production, 500 aircraft will be procured and will need fixes and resolving deficiencies found during the testing. Bringing those aircraft to full capability could cost $1.4 billion. The F35 program office will hold a summit later this year to determine who will be responsible for the costs associated with resolving the remaining deficiencies.

GAO tells Air Force: Improve Service Conditions for Drone Pilots

Since 2008 the US Air Force has more than tripled the number of its active-duty pilots flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) - including General...

Software Integration Remains One of the F-35 Highest Risks – GAO

Last month we published a review of a preliminary report prepared by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) about the F-35 program. Software integration, helmet displays, logistics support, arresting hook and airframe durability were the areas of concern raised by the report

F-35 Costs Expected to Top Half a Trillion Through 2037

A report prepared by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) paints an overall positive picture for the F-35 program, as the restructured program irons out problems uncovered through testing

Beechcraft Corp. to Protest Again on the US Air Force Decision...

Beechcraft Corporation today announced that it will formally protest to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) recent award of the Light Air Support contract to its Brazilian competitor, Embraer. “We simply don’t understand how the Air Force can justify spending over 40 percent more – over $125 million more – for what we consider to be less capable aircraft,” Bill Boisture, CEO, Beechcraft said.

GAO: Army Unable to Confirm US$ 38 Billion Spent on Equipment...

A US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released today the preliminary observations on the U.S. Army’s implementation of its equipment reset strategies. According to the...