Cracks Appearing On NEW F-35As Due To Gun Use
"873 unresolved deficiencies" with multibillion-dollar platform.
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February 8, 2020 - by Stephen Kuper for defenceconnect.com
Continuing concerns about the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have been the focus point of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation: FY2019 Annual Report conducted by Robert Behler, Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), revealing "873 unresolved deficiencies" with multibillion-dollar platform.
The Pentagon has issued a restriction order for Lot 9 and newer Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters after the discovery of cracks in the aircraft's stealth coating following use of the 25mm gun.
Most startling of which is revelations that airframes of the Lot 9 build and subsequent lot builds have experienced cracks in the outer mold-line coatings and the underlying chine longeron skin, located near the 25mm gun muzzle of the F-35A variant....
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