The Pentagon’s $400 billion F-35 fighter can’t pass the most basic requirements to fly in combat. This fighter jet is the most expensive weapons program in the Pentagon’s history. Now, it seems as if the embattled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is great at running up a huge U.S. taxpayer bill, but can’t do the one important thing it needs to do – fly combat missions.
According to the Project on Government Accountability, “The F-35 is years away from being ready for initial operational capability. To send this airplane on a combat deployment, or to declare it ready to be sent, as early as the Marines’ 2015 or the Air Force’s 2016 IOC dates, is a politically driven and irresponsible mistake.”
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F-35 Fighter Not Combat Ready
The $400 billion F-35 fighter jet has been riddled with problems like major design flaws and test failures. There was even a recent report which shared that “the precision-guided air-dropped Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) does not fit onto Joint Strike Fighter Marine Corps variant without modifications to the aircraft’s weapons bay.”
To add insult to injury, the same article shares that, “The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will not receive the software package required to operate the Pentagon’s top close-air support bomb until 2022.”
And now, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Department of Defense’s own Director of Operational Test and Evaluation are reporting that that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter continues to fail the baseline requirements for combat fighter jets.
All of these failures and setbacks have many questioning whether or not the F-35 fighter jet will ever actually get off the ground.
So, what is the military going to do if the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter continues to fall behind schedule and can’t become combat ready on time? Well, the Navy is starting to consider their options by plugging holes in its air wing with existing platforms like the Super Hornet and its cousin, the E/A-18 Growler.
For now, it looks like the Pentagon will continue to throw taxpayer money at their $400 billion F-35 fighter. Let’s hope at some time they find a way to get this warplane combat-ready and off the ground.