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July 17, 2019 - by Lee Hudson for aviationweek.com
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is not expected to meet the Pentagon's goal of an 80% mission-capable rate by the end of the fiscal year due to supply shortages.
Transparency canopy shortages are the main obstacle in achieving the goal. The military is seeking additional sources to fix unserviceable canopies, Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Trump's nominee for defense secretary, wrote on July 16 in response to previously prepared policy questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee.