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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: 2) by lx on Monday June 02 2014, @03:13PM

    by lx (1915) on Monday June 02 2014, @03:13PM (#50245)

    I'm ignorant about fighter aircraft, but when your government despite massive opposition intends to spend billions of euros on these overpriced pieces of junk when cheaper and better alternatives are available and the damn things are in the news every other week then you tend to take notice. Usually this particular waste of money is described as the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF.

    Perhaps your country isn't involved in this boondoggle. In which case feel free to sit back in smugness. You deserve it, but please look at a real newspaper once in a while.

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