Development of multipurpose fighter F-35 Lightning II is behind schedule by two years, which could lead to an increase in its cost. CQpolitics reported with reference to sources in Congress. The MPs insist that the military provided more information about the program because they felt during the debate over the fate of the other fifth-generation fighter F-22, these figures hide the Pentagon.
Commission United States military authorities concluded that the production of new aircraft will begin no earlier than 2016, as originally planned, which will produce a series of fighter aircraft in 2014. In doing so, according to the Accounting Chamber United States (Government Accountability Office, GAO), this delay may lead to the rise of another 7.4 billion dollars.
As reported in an interview with the publication of the Director of Defense Studies, American Enterprise Institute of Social Policy Studies (The American Enterprise Institute) Tom Donnelly (Tom Donnelly), delays the supply of F-35 may affect the entire fleet Pentagon. That fighter, according to an analyst in the future should take the place of many other aircraft, including F-15, F-16 and F-18.
Backlog of developing a new fighter aircraft may also have international implications, as it is delivered, many expect the allies of Washington. According to the Association of Air Force United States (The Air Force Association) Tags Douglas (Douglas Birkey), these aircraft is awaiting United Kingdom, the National Guard and Marine Corps United States, as well as many other buyers, which rapidly aging fleet.
Recall that a fighter F-35 is positioned as an alternative to the Pentagon's more expensive aircraft F-22 Raptor. Production of the latter, on the initiative of the White House and the U.S. military must stop, though, object to it, many Congressmen.