Why does the F-35 have so many problems?

Dozens of F-35 fighter jets are unable to fly worldwide due to a serious parts shortage. The shortage includes the F-35’s F135 engine. The U.S. military and contractors cite a number of problems, including COVID-19 and engine parts wearing out ahead of schedule.

What are the problems with the F-35?

A technical problem involving the F-35′s cockpit pressure regulation system led to several incidents of extreme sinus pain, or barotrauma. In April 2020, the program office believed it would be able to resolve the problem in 2021 after flight testing the fix.

Why is the F-35A failure?

The 17-ton, non-stealthy F-16 is too difficult to upgrade with the latest software, Brown explained. Instead of ordering fresh F-16s, he said, the Air Force should initiate a “clean-sheet design” for a new low-end fighter. Brown’s comments are a tacit admission that the F-35 has failed.

Is the F-35 any good?

The F-35 fighter is considered by many as the most lethal and versatile aircraft of the modern era. Former Defense Secretary James Mattis even called the F-35 “critical” for the United States’ air superiority and praised its ability to integrate seamlessly with allies who have purchased the aircraft.

Is the F-35 better than the f22?

The F-22’s wing loading stands at just 377kg per square meter compared to the F-35’s 525kg, again demonstrating the F-22’s far superior manoeuvrability and making it better suited to combatting the elite of an enemy air force in air to air combat.

How much does an F-35C cost?

Table pulled from GAO report on F-35 costs issued July 7, 2021. GAO Report. The Marine Corp’s F-35B jump jets cost $9.1 million per year, $2.3 million over budget. And the U.S. Navy’s F-35C jets cost $9.9 million annually—$2.4 million over budget.

What is the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)?

When the program began in 1996, the JSF was conceived as a way to replace the F-16 Falcon, F-15E Eagle, A-10 Warthog, F/A-18 Hornet, and AV-8B Harrier across their respective roles and missions. The Joint Strike Fighter program called for a common design with three variants to share 80 percent of their parts.

Is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter unaffordable?

Projected sustainment costs for the F-35 joint strike fighter are unaffordable, and the problem will only get worse if no further action is taken, the Government Accountability Office warned in a new report released July 7.

Why doesn’t the JSF have weapons bays?

The Air Force wanted a stealthy plane, and those stealth requirements drove a JSF design which, at least initially, did not have internal weapons bays. That didn’t sit well with the Marines, who would demand their inclusion.

When will the Joint Strike Fighter be fully operational?

The Joint Strike Fighter was declared operational by the Marine Corps in July 2015; the Air Force just declared initial operational capability (IOC) this week and the Navy hopes to do so by February 2019.