Is the Pentagon Wasting Hundreds of Billions of Dollars on the F-35?
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Tags: F-35, Lockheed Martin, Winslow Wheeler, Project on Government oversight, wasteful military spending, wmnf, Rob Lorei
Good morning- welcome to Radioactivity. Im Rob Lorei.
The most expensive military plane ever built- is still not ready for prime time. The hi-tech warplane is supposed to serve as the backbone of the future US fighter fleet. The planealready 10 years behind schedule and 100 percent over budgethas cost taxpayers nearly $400 billion dollars, and will eventually cost $1.5 trillion. The costly plane some of which are already deployed at Eglin Air Force Base in the Panhandle--has difficulty performing at night or in bad weatherand the rules under which it can fly are severly restricted. Its never flown in a combat mission. The F-35 is plagued with many other problems- including criticism from fighter pilots who say the plane will be vulnerable in dogfights. Florida is one of 46 states and Puerto Rico with military contractors participating in the F-35 program. According to the Tampa Tribune- 15 of 240 employees at Lockheed Martin's Pinellas County plant are involved in making canopies under a current $6 million contract, but as deliveries ramp up, that could grow to more than 100 local jobs.
Were joined now by Winslow Wheeler who is the Director of the Straus Military Reform Project part of the Project on Government Oversight in Washington DC.comments powered by Disqus