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    Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

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    The troubled $1.5 trillion dollar F-35 fighter jet is facing yet another problem, this time with its radar, which requires the pilot to turn it off and then back on each time it stops working.

    In development since 2001, the Lockheed Martin plane has faced a slew of problems, and is failing even the most basic flight and sensor tests. The beleaguered “crown jewel” of the US military’s technology investment portfolio has had so many problems that the jets are expected to cost over $142 million each.

    The radar failings are just the latest problem for the F-35: it previously had structural problems that put it at risk to lightening, weight issues, software bugs, gatling guns that do not work, and a limited fuel supply making it unable to stay in an area to offer air protection for ground troops.

    The website Shadowproof also noted that there are concerns about whether the F-35 can be traditionally fueled, as they have a problem with accepting hot fuel — the only solution that the Air Force has come up with for that problem so far is to paint fuel trucks a darker color to absorb less sunlight and keep temps down — hardly a long term solution.

    The jet has proven to be such a failure that it does not even hold up to the F-16, which was introduced in 1978.

    “Some systems like the radar control are fundamentally worse than the earlier version, which is not a good sign,” Keith Joiner, who is responsible for evaluating the plane’s performance for the Australian defence force, told Radio National Background Briefing.

    “The next software version is block 4. It won’t be available until 2020. So there’ll be nothing but fixing bugs in the original software between 2013 and 2020.”

    Shockingly, the massively expensive jet, which is primarily software driven, has also not been tested for resistance to hacking yet.

    “The only system that has done cyber security, vulnerability and penetration testing is the logistics software. So ordering spares. And it didn’t go very well,” Joiner explained.

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    • siberianhuskyin reply toIranianExpat1916(Show commentHide comment)
      Don't feel alone. The Dutch, Norwegian, Belgium, Denmark, Brits, Italy, Turkey, Japan and South Korea slave will buy it whether it works or not.

      IsraHell as usual with get them for free, they will pay for them out of the 10 Billion annual contribution they get from the ZionNazies in America
    • Mitach2002
      Lol. Hope they but 5000 of them.
    • Pentagonisabeast
      HAHAHAHAH...this must be the trillion dollar choke question posed by Sputnik.USA vassals got they paid for.After the US successfully built itself the potent 5G F22,what this F35 is is basically not trying to copy the F22. It's turned out to be a trillion dollar joke!
    • malandrofeles
      Is obvious to me any good top military personal had stopped so excessive spending in something giving not desired fruits...US top brass are...dreaming? or purposeful let capabilities go down? I have the hypothesis US can be sacrificed as scapegoat in order to deep puppeteers survive public derision...no branch of US government is free of infestation
    • Ivan Buckeye
      These U.S. manufacturers have no reason to be efficient. Lobbyists and corruption within the American political system will serve as a impediment no foreign military could ever pose, well, other than the Russian giant in the room.
    • iamgogmagog666
      So the US is using Windows ME on the F-35, I'm rich I have a copy of Windows ME for nostalgic purposes, and now it could be worth millions for me.
    • FlorianGeyer
      " Shockingly, the massively expensive jet, which is primarily software driven, has also not been tested for resistance to hacking yet. "

      I would love to see Iran hack into the navigation systems and land an F35 on an Iranian airfield like they did with the newest US spy drone a couple of years ago. The US pilot would likely not have a clue what country he was landing in anyway.
    • john_t_vian
      Q: How many Americans does it take to screw in a light bulb?

      A: Eleven, one to hold the light bulb and ten to turn the ladder...
    • klod.infobeez
      "to paint fuel trucks a darker color to absorb less sunlight and keep temps down"

      Well, this can't work... They'd have to paint them clearer... Next try ?
    • backfromthegraav
      Worth Every cent .... spend more on this great aircraft !
    • megargyin reply toklod.infobeez(Show commentHide comment)
      klod.infobeez, Dark has the opposite effect of cooling I was just about to make this schoolboy observation in fact its so wrong it casts doubt on the entire article ??
    • tony pin reply toIranianExpat1916(Show commentHide comment)
      IranianExpat1916, Yet you continue to live there.
    • i remember my old cathode ray tube TV set. picture goes blurry, i hit him hard, comes back normal. This is the same technology.
    • IranianExpat1916in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      jande.jande, Hey Dude, don't make ignorant comments, when you don't even know who I am and why I am stuck in Australia!
    • klod.infobeezin reply tomegargy(Show commentHide comment)
      megargy, There's absolutly no logical reason for an error to prove everything else errors, as for a truth to prove everything else true. I prefer to use logic than these kinds of "strange" decision making rules...

      In this cas, I know that quite everythin is true, this is why I notices this point.

      Besides, the designers of this golden turkey did quite everythin wrong... May be this, too... Nothing could surprise me anymore when getting info about this... thing.
    • copius
      I don't need a plane or be a pilot to fight F35. All I need is a computer to to crash it.
    • copius
      Lightning breaks the stealth profile of the F35.
    • lowertones1
      "Lightening..."? One would be tempted to think this a good thing for an aircraft, no? Lightning however, not so much.

      And if you paint a fuel truck darker, it will get warmer, not cooler!!
      Witness the difference between white cars and black.

      Who writes this shit?!
    • Scaled model development... by building a highly miniaturized version of the aircraft.
      Than.. development costs are CHEAP!!!!! Scale-ability is sound business practice.

      Thankfully the capitalistic nature of failed businesses allow successful businesses to purchase those failed businesses. Making a stronger healthier business community through the failure's of such projects as this.

      However the sociological implications of the failure of a project of this scope/scale reveals the not capitalistic approach of the U.S leadership manipulating the development, truth of military projects.

      So.. philosophically speaking now the Vulture Capitalist approach of the United States has actually shifted at the highest echelons. This bench mark issue represents a different model of Governance outside of Democracy. Yep.. an entirely new philosophical expression of the Governmental Model of the united states OF america needs to be discussed in a forum enviroment as the Democractic beliefs of the constituents are clearly superceded.

      So.. the United States is no longer a democracy. rather a military/industrial/economic theocracy. Essentially a return to the Plebeian state of ROME.
      One the J.F.K clearly understood as did his Mentor Eisenhower both these Presidents point of international & national decisions/policies/words reflect the Pleb's will.

      Since those leaders no other leader has been a leader of the Pleb's..now called People.
    • Abinico Arts
      "paint fuel trucks a darker color to absorb less sunlight" these people are idiots! Darker colors absorb MORE sunlight making the surface HOTTER! No wonder this thing is a dead bird.
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