The US Air Force may soon open the bidding on 72 new Boeing F-15s, Lockheed Martin F-16s or Boeing F/A-18 airplanes because of budget cuts which handicap the production of the required number of airplanes, according to Aerospace Daily & Defense Report.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the US Air Force's 5th generation stealth fighter, and officially joined a Marine Corps squadron in July. Its development, estimated to cost $1.5 trillion over the course of the 55 year program, has been beset by problems, including the vulnerability of its computer system to hackers, software deficiencies, and problems with the ejector seat mechanism and fuel tanks.
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