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How to Build a $400 Billion F-35 That Doesn’t Fly

美軍方A錢嚴重但不會被抓  因為上下都是一窩的

The Pentagon’s embattled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter continues to be plagued with so many problems that it can’t even pass the most basic requirements needed to fly in combat, despite soaring roughly $170 billion over budget.

As the most expensive weapons program in the Pentagon’s history, the $400 billion and counting F-35 is supposed to be unlike any other fighter jet—with high-tech computer capabilities that can identify a combatant plane at warp speed. However, major design flaws and test failures have placed the program under serious scrutiny for years—with auditors constantly questioning whether the jet will ever actually get off the ground, no matter how much money is thrown at it.

Related: How DOD’s $1.5 Trillion F-35 Broke the Air Force

Last year, military officials faulted contractors for all of the mistakes. Contractors claimed they had corrected the issues and that there wouldn’t be more costly problems down the road.

During an interview on 60 Minutes, Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, who is in charge of the program, said, “Long gone is the time when we will continue to pay for mistake after mistake after mistake. Lockheed Martin doesn’t get paid their profit unless each and every airplane meets each station on time with the right quality.”

However, a new progress report from the Defense Department casts serious doubts on the progress of the program.

The DOD’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation cites everything from computer system malfunctions to flaws with its basic design—it even found that the jet is vulnerable to engine fires because of the way it’s built.

A separate report from Military.com unearthed another embarrassing issue with the jet that suggests it won’t take off on time.

Related: 5 Expensive Weapons Programs No One Wants

The “precision-guided Small Diameter Bomb II doesn’t even fit on the Marine’s version of the jet," according to Military.com. On top of that, the software needed to operate the top close-air support bomb won’t even be operational until 2022, inspectors said.

The Defense Department’s report also suggested that the program’s office isn’t accurately recording the jet’s problems.

“Not all failures are counted in the calculation of mean flight hours between reliability events, but all flight hours are counted, and hence component and aircraft reliability are reported higher than if all of the failures were counted,” the report said.

The Project on Government Accountability summed up the report in an independent analysis, concluding that the program isn’t realistically going to meet its goal of being operational for the Marines by this summer.

“The F-35 is years away from being ready for initial operational capability. To send this airplane on a combat deployment, or to declare it ready to be sent, as early as the Marines’ 2015 or the Air Force’s 2016 IOC dates, is a politically driven and irresponsible mistake. DOT&E's report shows that the current plans for the F-35A and B should be rejected as unrealistic. Without meaningful oversight from the Department of Defense or Congress, however, these IOC declarations will go unchallenged,” POGO said on its website.

While more problems with the program are identified, the costs keep climbing.

Last year alone, the JSF was $4 billion over budget, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. At the same time, the program was scaled back to include fewer jets. The GAO noted the Pentagon was spending more for less.

如何建造一架4000億美元不會飛的F-35

五角大樓的四面楚歌的F-35聯合攻擊戰鬥機繼續困擾著這麼多的問題,它甚至不能傳遞到作戰飛行所需要的最基本的要求,雖然瘋長大約為170十億超出預算。

作為最昂貴的武器項目在五角大樓的歷史,400美元十億計數F-35被認為是不同於其他任何戰鬥機,用高科技的電腦功能,可以在經線速度確定一個平面戰鬥。然而,主要的設計缺陷和測試失敗都放在節目受到嚴重審查多年,與審計人員不斷質疑是否噴氣永遠不會真正離開地面,不管多少錢扔給它。

相關閱讀:如何國防部的1.5萬億美元的F-35打破了空軍

去年,軍方官員指責承包商所有的錯誤。承包商聲稱,他們已經糾正了問題,那也不會有更昂貴問題的道路。

在60分鐘的採訪中,空軍中將克里斯·波格丹,誰負責的項目,說,“早已遠去,當我們將繼續犯錯之後的錯誤後,支付錯誤的時間。洛克希德·馬丁公司不給員工支付的利潤,除非每一個飛機上遇到的時間與正確的質量各站。“

不過,從美國國防部新的進展報告蒙上了計劃進度嚴重懷疑。

運用試驗的國防部總監和評估引用了從計算機系統故障與它的基本設計缺陷,它甚至發現,飛機是脆弱的發動機起火,因為它的構建方式。 從Military.com的另一份報告與出土表明它不會準時起飛的飛機的另一個尷尬的問題。

相關閱讀:5昂貴的武器項目沒有人希望

在“精確制導小直徑炸彈II甚至不適合在海洋版的噴氣,”根據Military.com。最重要的是,操作上近距離空中支援的炸彈所需要的軟件,甚至不會投入運營,直到2022年檢查員說。

美國國防部的報告還建議該方案的辦公室不能準確記錄飛機的問題。

“並非所有的失敗都算在可靠性事件之間的平均飛行小時計算,但所有的飛行小時進行計數,因此組件和飛機的可靠性報告高於如果所有的故障進行計數,”報告說。

對政府問責的項目總結報告進行獨立分析,得出結論認為,該計劃並沒有實際去滿足的是作戰的海軍陸戰隊員在今年夏天的目標。

“這架F-35是多年遠離準備好了初始作戰能力。要在作戰部署送這架飛機,或者宣布其準備發送,早在海軍陸戰隊“2015年空軍2016 IOC日期,是一個政治驅動的和不負責任的錯誤。 DOT&E的報告顯示,對於F-35A和B目前的計劃應該被拒絕不現實的。未經國防部和國會部有意義的監督,但是,這些國際奧委會的聲明會受到挑戰,“POGO表示,在其網站上。 而更多的問題與程序被識別,成本不斷攀升。

僅去年一年,JSF是$ 4十億超出預算,根據政府問責辦公室的一份新報告。同時,該程序被縮減到包括更少噴嘴。政府問責局指出,五角大樓花費少花錢多辦事。



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