Lockheed Martin: F-35B STOVL-mode Flight this week

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  1. The unit cost per plane has increased just a tad from $69m to $112m and still has a way to go.

    The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing today on the future of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and things are not looking pretty for the next-generation stealth aircraft. It’s likely the Air Force will have to declare the program has soared past a key cost-containment barrier, in addition to being more than two years behind schedule.

    The Air Force will have to declare a Nunn-McCurdy breach, which could force a serious restructuring of the program, according to a Reuters story quoting Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter.

    A new Government Accountability Office report, issued today, puts it in simple numbers. “Total estimated acquisition costs have increased $46 billion (.pdf) and development extended 2 ½ years, compared to the program baseline approved in 2007,†the report states.

    Read More http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/03/super-stealth-plane-breaks-through-cost-barrier/#ixzz0i9nQqWZi

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