Saturday September 17, 2016

Air Force Grounds F-35 Joint Strike Fighters Due To Cooling Line Flaw

The drama for the Lightning II multirole fighter continues as a "supply chain manufacturing quality issue" has resulted in deteriorating insulation of cooling lines inside of fuel tanks. The problem affects 52 of the fighters, 42 of which are still in production. I don’t even want to see the program’s final costs.

آ…the Air Force on Friday announced that it was temporarily grounding 15 of the jets after it discovered that insulation was "peeling and crumbling" inside the fuel tanks. The setback is the latest for the $400 billion system, the most expensive in the history of the Pentagon. The problem comes as the program, which for years faced billions of dollars in cost overruns and significant schedule delays, had begun to make strides. Last year, the Marine Corps had declared its variant ready for combat.