Lockheed Martin, US Military Have Eliminated All of F-35’s Deficiencies Believed to Endanger Pilots Written 11 May 2020


An F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing  | U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt John Nimmo Sr.; Wikipedia; Public Domain

Bloomberg reports that Lockheed Martin and the US military “have eliminated all of the [F-35’s] deficiencies believed to endanger pilots and about 90% of other serious flaws that could hamper missions.” According to US Department of Defense data compiled by the Government Accountability Office, “that’s down from 111 ‘Category 1’ safety-of-flight and mission-impeding deficiencies in January 2018.” The “improvements may be critical to reassuring lawmakers and U.S. allies buying the F-35 that the costliest U.S. weapons system is worth its price tag, especially as pressure builds to reduce government spending after the response to the Covid-19 pandemic escalates budget deficits.”
Full Story (Bloomberg)