March 11, 10:10 PMDC Aviation News ExaminerKeith Stein
The U.S. military’s new Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program continues to struggle with increased costs and slowed progress, according to a congressional report released Thursday.
The JSF, also known as the F-35 Lightning II, is the Department of Defense’s (DOD) most costly and ambitious aircraft acquisition. The program is seeking to simultaneously develop and field three aircraft variants for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and eight international partners. The new F-35 will replace several current fighter aircraft and serve as the heart of future tactical air forces.
In 2001, the estimated investment for JSF was $231 billion for 2,866 aircraft. According to a General Accountability Office (GAO) report released Thursday, the estimate now shows more money for less aircraft, $323 billion for 2,457 aircraft.