Poll: Is the F-35 JSF programme doomed to failure?

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Posted:  02/28/2013  12:00:00 AM EST
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Last week a crack was discovered on a low pressure turbine blade of an F135 engine causing the entire fleet of 51 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to be grounded.

Speaking in Australia recently U.S. Lieutenant-General Christopher Bogdan, the programme chief for the JSF, pointed the figure squarely at contractors Pratt & Whitney and Lockheed Martin, accusing their short-sighted tactics as an attempt to "squeeze every nickel" out of the U.S. government. Bogdan has form in attacking these companies after stating last year that the relationship between government and industry on this project was the worst he’d ever seen.

Although Bogdan has said that the discovery of a crack in the engine is “unfortunate” and not out of the ordinary for development testing on a programme of this size, does this latest set-back indicate something more serious? It’s already seven years behind schedule and 70% over budget…

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