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Jan 22, 2010

Joint Strike Fighter shambles continue

Enormous problems with Australia’s multibillion dollar commitment to the Joint Strike Fighter project have emerged from an audit review just delivered to the US Congress.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Enormous problems with Australia’s multibillion dollar commitment to the Joint Strike Fighter have emerged from an audit review just delivered to Congress by Mike Gilmore, the US Director of Operational Test & Evaluation concerning the JSF project in 2009.

Only 16 test flights of 168 planned in 2009 — and the 5000 needed to complete System Design Designation (SDD) — were made in the year and only 12 out of more than 3000 SDD success criteria were verified.

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4 thoughts on “Joint Strike Fighter shambles continue

  1. chpowell

    WHY is Australia purchasing this white elephant??

  2. abarker

    I am at a loss to see how this could still be considered a valid purchase.

  3. nicolino

    We must purchase as we don’t want to offend our American friends now do we. Let the Australian taxpayer and the RAAF suffer the consequences.
    What a joke!

  4. Malcolm Street

    Problem is we don’t have an alternative. Eurofighter and Grippen – too short range and both 4+ generation rather than 5th. F-22 (as the Air Power Australia jeer squad wants), not being sold outside the US and anyway going out of production. Super Hornet – slow and obsolescent already; why are buying even 24 of these clunkers? Anything Russian – how to blow up the US alliance, would need major avionics refits anyway.

    The problem is the massive cost of new fighter development and the range and complexity of technologies which can be incorporated, which means there’s very
    few front-line fighter projects going at any one time.

    If the JSF program fails, we are up sh*t creek…

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