The Government Will Make The F-35 Work, Or A lot Of People Will Die Trying
Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 5, 2017
Now-retired Dr Michael Gilmore, until recently the Director of Test and Evaluation for the US military, has published his final evaluation of the F-35 program, and it’s a treat.
In his parting report (PDF), deliciously dated April 1*, Gilmore details a host of issues remaining with the US$391 billion-and-counting project, with everything from its combat-readiness to its wing design under the microscope.
“The Services have designated 276 deficiencies in combat performance as “critical to correct” in Block 3F, but less than half of the critical deficiencies were addressed with attempted corrections in 3FR6”, the report states.
The problem with the wing design makes the F-35 a challenge to fly at around the speed of sound:
As a close support aircraft, Dr Gilmore’s report says, the Electro-Optical Targeting System is hamstrung by low resolution and range.
A pilot might revert to the cannon in such a circumstance, but at the moment, that doesn’t work either.
Flight testing “continues to be a source of significant discovery”
In the government’s dictionary the definition of beating a dead horse is: Feed it more money.
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