Almost half of delivered U.S. F-35 fighters not flyable

Updated 2018-03-08 09:44:01 Xinhua

Barely half of the F-35 strike fighters delivered to the U.S. military and international buyers to date are currently available for flight, the government's program head has said.

According to local media, Mat Winter, director of the F-35 Joint Program Office, recently told reporters at a round-table event that only 51 percent of the 280 operational F-35s are flight-ready.

The F-35 was developed and produced with the strategy called "concurrency," the overlapping of development phases to speed the fielding of the fighter, which critics said introduces the risks that aircraft built in early lots will require modification.

The Pentagon is in negotiation with the aircraft's maker Lockheed Martin Corp. about the prices for the 11th batch of F-35s, and Winter said the defense company is moving slow in production and lacks transparency on costs.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58August 21 2018 04:43:21

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16August 21 2018 04:43:21

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18August 21 2018 04:43:21

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords