Walter Pincus’ Fine Print in The Cipher Brief — OPINION –A lack of spare parts has kept some 350 F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighters, already deployed at sites worldwide, from flying or conducting any of their tasked missions, 30 percent of the time, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last week.
It was always known that sustaining the complex, stealthy, F-35 aircraft, that cost some $90 million per plane, would be a difficult and expensive proposition, but the new GAO report points out how unprepared both the military services and prime contractor, Lockheed Martin were, for the task.
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