The U.S. Air Force is expanding pilot training for Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter over objections from the Pentagon’s top weapons tester that the move increases the danger of a “serious mishap.”
The system used by No. 1 defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. ’s aircraft unit to track aircraft costs and schedules has lost its Pentagon certification because of persistent deficiencies, a Defense Department spokeswoman said.
The U.S. Navy is inappropriately delaying or scaling back $70 million in needed combat testing of the USS Gerald R. Ford, an aircraft carrier that may cost $14.2 billion, in the name of cutting costs, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester.
The U.S. Defense Department may require more rigorous inspection of parts for the F-35 fighter jet, its most expensive weapons program, add maintenance staff and buy more replacement components as the agency works to prevent major flight delays because of failing parts.