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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: 1) by deimtee on Tuesday June 03 2014, @02:30AM

    by deimtee (3272) on Tuesday June 03 2014, @02:30AM (#50496) Journal

    Depends on how you define an unmanned arial vehicle. Surface to Air missiles have taken down plenty of manned planes.
    If you mean machine-gun equipped drones dog-fighting WW1 style, then yeah it isn't going to happen. Cool as it would be, it just wouldn't be as cost effective or efficient as missiles.

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  • (Score: 2) by tibman on Tuesday June 03 2014, @01:35PM

    by tibman (134) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 03 2014, @01:35PM (#50621)

    hah, great point! I am also sure that missiles will continue to remain unmanned.

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