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.”
Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 fighters being used for training at a Florida Air Force base have radar that functions intermittently, a helmet displaying flickering images, limited cockpit visibility and prohibitions on flying at night or in bad weather, according to the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester.
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.
Northrop Grumman Corp. ’s $1.68 billion amphibious warship, designed to transport Marines close to shore, wouldn’t be effective in combat and couldn’t operate reliably after being hit by enemy fire, according to the Department of Defense’s top testing official.
In Washington, lawmakers want to know if the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship is worth the money and can survive a fight. In San Diego, officers say they’re finding it so agile it can do doughnuts in the water.
The Pentagon’s ground and flight testing of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jets has been productive in the past year even as software poses continuing challenges, according to the military’s top testing official.
Two of three models of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jet have a “design flaw” that reduces the expected life of a wing structure to 1,200 hours, which is “significantly less than” the expected 8,000 hours, according to the U.S. Defense Department’s testing office.