CNBC: The future of the F-35 and the Air Force fighter fleet
The F-35A was designed to revolutionize fighter procurement for the Air Force.
It was going to take the missions of several aircraft and do it all. The maintenance was going to be cheaper and easier thanks to cutting-edge computer software. The list of planes it was going to replace was long. But the operating costs for the aircraft, which is around $36,000 per hour, are still around $10,000 more expensive than older fighters in the Air Force inventory.
“The biggest cost challenge that we face in the airplane is the life-cycle sustainment cost of the jet,” said Brig. Gen. David Abba, director of the Air Force’s F-35 integration office. “What I can tell you is the Air Force is laser-focused on that.”
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WNU editor: Defenders of the F-35 are worried that cuts in the program are on the horizon …. F-35 in the crosshairs: Despite criticism, America needs the fighter jet (Douglas Birkey, Defense One). So what is my prediction. Overall defense budget cuts are going to be a reality in fiscal 2022, and they are going to result in fewer F-35s.Original Article
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