Feature

The F-35’s serious cost and quality problems

The costliest weapons system in U.S. history is plagued with hundreds of major problems.

The costliest weapons system in U.S. history is plagued with hundreds of major problems, according to a report released last week by the Pentagon’s watchdog. The stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—slated to be the main tactical jet for the Air Force, Navy, and Marines—has more than 360 quality “issues” that could “adversely affect aircraft performance,” the Defense Department’s inspector general has found. Resolving them will drive up the program’s manufacturing costs, which have already ballooned to $392 billion—70 percent above the original estimate projected 12 years ago. The total operating costs of the long overdue program, now expected to launch in 2018, are pegged at $857 billion.

Recommended

Hundreds killed in powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey, Syria
Collapsed building in Adana, Turkey
Nature's Terrors

Hundreds killed in powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey, Syria

Chinese balloon was at least 5th over U.S. in 6 years, U.S. officials say
Chinese spy balloon
Beijing airship

Chinese balloon was at least 5th over U.S. in 6 years, U.S. officials say

Iran set to pardon thousands detained in protests, state media says
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Setting Them Free

Iran set to pardon thousands detained in protests, state media says

Pope appeals for peace in final leg of African pilgrimage
Pope Francis greets crowds in South Sudan.
A Papal Visit

Pope appeals for peace in final leg of African pilgrimage

Most Popular

United States shoots down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean
A suspected Chinese spy balloon over Montana.
99 Red Balloons?

United States shoots down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean

New report describes numerous security breaches at the Supreme Court
Supreme Court building.
Problems with Justice

New report describes numerous security breaches at the Supreme Court

Yale honors Black girl who had the police called on her for spraying lanternflies
Spotted lanterflies
black girl magic

Yale honors Black girl who had the police called on her for spraying lanternflies