What does the grounding of the entire F-35 fleet mean for the $400 billion programme’s future?


Tags: F-35

Andrew Elwell
02/25/2013

After discovering a crack on a low pressure turbine blade of an F135 engine last week, Lockheed Martin took the precautionary measure of suspending all test flights of the Joint Strike Fighter. The engine is used in all three F-35 variants. The company said in a press release that "it is too early to know the fleet-wide impact of this finding." It could be that the impact turns out to be minor. However, for the worlds most costly and ambitious defence programme, which is already seven years...
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