Again, the F-35

Again, the F-35

The epic of the "cheap" version of the fighter's fifth generation is delayed

Certainly, these aircraft will be built. But not all at once and not for where huge amounts of money than was promised. The next task is only increasing with the implementation of fluctuation in the export potential of the newest cars.

In the overseas media has penetrated the information from the Ministry of Defense of the immediate difficulties in moving programs from Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) — the project of the second South American fighter fifth generation. With every latest news about delays and rising costs expert society is skeptical about the future aircraft.

Again, the F-35


Fighter F-35 Lightning II («Lightning»), established within applets JSF, will rise again. Accessed from the Pentagon chief Robert Gates or other representative of the War Department of the United States of certain figures South American journalists and professionals failed. In greedy reports referred to a 10 percent increase in development costs (up to 55 billion dollars), also, and more fundamentally, the backwardness of the scheduled date of the operating readiness of aircraft. The commissioning of versions A and C is delayed by 12 months, while more complex modification B pause drags "from 2-to 3 years."

The situation with the "Lightning" slowly spiraling out of control. Price hour flight fighter represented at the start of the development as a "cheaper" to operate plane, than it replaces the F-16 and F/A-18, already at this point, according to the most restricted estimates emanating from the walls of the U.S. Defense Department, almost one and a half times higher than these machines. The very same F-35 for 10 years, has grown from 50 to 138 million dollars, and that, judging from how to develop action obviously is not the limit.

Again, the F-35


In the case of military insistently interfere civilians. November 10 Commission white houses to reduce the budget deficit has published its advice on the funding of defense programs, namely, and JSF. These proposals are saturated with concrete actions that completely pulls on a resounding splash.

In 1-x, the committee members and just artlessly advised to close all the work on the most "hyped" version of "Lightning» — F-35B with short takeoff and landing. But only recognizes the failure of the design direction of ambitious aircraft (this patient, but faster academic question), and left without modern air support the U.S. Marine Corps.

Marines in today's criteria can no longer, in the words of command, great to use aircraft with vertical take-off AV-8B Harrier II, and who had to change the F-35B. As is typical, the situation is made worse by the Commission with aircraft other recommendation, which has no relationship to programmke JSF: finish building the amphibious transport tiltrotor MV-22 Osprey (even 1st "forward-looking long-term construction" of the American "defense"), and instead of him to adopt "the Convention's "Helicopters — improved CH-53K Super Stallion and the next update of the family UH-60 Black Hawk.

In-2, in the conclusions of the Commission proposes "to 2015 to halve the purchase of fighter F-35 versions A and C », and the resulting" hole "in the balance sheet to close due to the acquisition of F-16 (Air Force) and F/A-18 (for naval aviation). With all of this in the justification given a modest remark that the cancellation works on version B will accelerate the establishment of the remaining 2-modification "Lightning."

This logic in project management has long been known and studied just as well. Its feature is that in most cases it leads to the very opposite results: the rebalancing of the project teams in the later steps of development contributes to delaying general terms, despite a formal increase in the number of trained professionals working on the project. A general contractor "Lockheed Martin" will be almost obliged to do personnel changes in order to keep employees and the subconscious desire to "strengthen" the working group to fail the program there.

Again, the F-35

Whom the Bell Tolls?

But all these details will fade to the other problem — with it we started talking. Such reductions will increase unsafe specific price of new aircraft, in terms of totality with the increase being commissioned significantly affect the tractability of international partners, the United States, have made it to the procurement of "affordable" fighter fifth generation, what is the "about" will be ready. Meanwhile the Pentagon has put himself in a sinful circle, any meaningful measures to resolve that increasing costs and reduce the viability of programs from JSF.

From the perspective of arms exports, the situation could not be better for Russia. The program PAK FA, lagging behind the U.S. developments in the creation of the fighter fifth generation on temporary indicators progressing smoothly and relaxed. The export potential of the machine already declared: India said it was ready to buy up to 250 units of export version of the aircraft on the platform of the T-50. These numbers look quite fantastic, but there are important not quantitative characteristics, and high-quality "message": Our home provides a signal to the rest of the world that its new aircraft will be delivered over the limit.

The program JSF, in fact, was to fill the demand for the newest aircraft in third countries with a view to the massive displacement out all other possible developers (Our Fatherland, the EU and China). The current situation puts the F-35 is not the most lucrative position with fixed runner "false start." It does not threaten U.S. forces have already received the most modern equipment — fighter F-22 Raptor and ready to "digest" a nasty shock experience implementing critical technology. But the criteria for a legislative ban on the export of "raptors" what is happening with the "Lightning" begins to look into the start of a potential failure of the U.S. Consulate "defense" on the still emerging export market aviasistem fifth generation.

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