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posted by janrinok on Monday June 02 2014, @11:36AM   Printer-friendly
from the buddy-can-you-spare-me-a-dime? dept.

The US military's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is proving to be a pain in the neck in more ways than one. Not only did the Pentagon spend almost $400 billion to buy 2,400 aircraft - about twice as much as it cost to put a man on the moon - the F-35 program is 7 years behind schedule and $163 billion over budget. This at a time when cuts in the defense budget are forcing the Pentagon to shrink the size of the military. CBS 60 Minutes took a closer look at the troubled fighter plane a few months back, but their rebroadcast on Sunday evening seems like as good a reason as any to revisit one of the biggest ongoing budget debacles in U.S. military memory. David Martin gets an inside look at what makes the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter the most expensive weapons system in history.

 
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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Dunbal on Monday June 02 2014, @12:53PM

    by Dunbal (3515) on Monday June 02 2014, @12:53PM (#50181)

    "Australia has therefore committed to buy planes with a 2220km (1380mi) range, when the closest possibe threat (Indonesia) is 2940km (1825mi) away."

    The military is for use against your own civilian population. Have you not been paying attention? (Libya, Syria, Ukraine).

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by tangomargarine on Monday June 02 2014, @02:29PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Monday June 02 2014, @02:29PM (#50221)

    Do they have any aircraft carriers?

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    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday June 02 2014, @02:57PM

      by c0lo (156) on Monday June 02 2014, @02:57PM (#50237) Journal
      I'm pretty sure US mil-ind complex would be willing to sell them some if the price is right.
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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 02 2014, @03:24PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 02 2014, @03:24PM (#50252)

      Can the F-35 land on a carrier?

      • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Monday June 02 2014, @03:32PM

        by Angry Jesus (182) on Monday June 02 2014, @03:32PM (#50257)

        > Can the F-35 land on a carrier?

        Yes

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agwKHeumcto [youtube.com]

        • (Score: 4, Insightful) by frojack on Monday June 02 2014, @04:30PM

          by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 02 2014, @04:30PM (#50276) Journal

          In fact, this is one of the problems with the F35 design.

          Instead of building a custom aircraft for the Air Force, and a different aircraft for the Navy, and yet a different aircraft for the dense European airspace, they tried to do it all in one airframe with slightly different bolt on gear.

          Lesson learned. A separate airplane for each theater is likely going to be cheaper. If you need a follow on for the F/A18, let bids for one, and let the bidders decide which airframe they want to offer. Don't require it also be flyable by the Air Force, salable to Australia or suitable for operation in Norway.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 02 2014, @03:30PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 02 2014, @03:30PM (#50254)
    • (Score: 1) by axsdenied on Monday June 02 2014, @04:30PM

      by axsdenied (384) on Monday June 02 2014, @04:30PM (#50278)

      They are all too busy pushing back the asylum seeker boats :-)