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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 frojack on Monday June 02 2014, @04:37PM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 02 2014, @04:37PM (#50285) Journal

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

    Things have changed since World War II, and aircraft don't have to be built to fly from their base to the enemy and back again.

    The Australian Air Force already knows this. (How come you don't?). They've ordered aerial refueling tankers [].

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  • (Score: 1) by MostCynical on Monday June 02 2014, @08:57PM

    by MostCynical (2589) on Monday June 02 2014, @08:57PM (#50404) Journal

    Even with air-to-air refuelling, the f35 will have to refuel, perform its mission (including evasion and possible aerial combat), and return for refuelling (possible far) less than 1000km from the target.. Hardly ideal!

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