Lockheed F-35 deliveries were halted for 30 days: Pentagon
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon halted shipments of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jets for 30 days this fall after it discovered corrosion around fasteners and a fix was devised, the Pentagon and Lockheed said on Wednesday.
During routine maintenance at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, the Air Force detected "corrosion exceeding technical limits" where the carbon fiber exterior panel is fastened to the aluminum airframe. A lack of protective coating at the fastening point that would have prevented corrosion was identified as the primary problem, the Pentagon said.
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