February 14, Reuters and Agence France-Presse reports, the same day, Lockheed – Martin, the United States plans to defer procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the plan may be costs.
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After the Pentagon announced that the slowdown in procurement of such radar to avoid fighter, the Lockheed Martin F-35 project manager – Tom Burbage (Tom Burbage), said: total average cost will be He said:
Burbage was the Norwegian capital Oslo to discuss the country to purchase 56 F-35 fighter program. Norway said that the procurement plan will not change. Canada has agreed to purchase the F-35 fighter, the Air Force’s main future years. However, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen? Harper (Stephen Harper), 14 days, may reduce the number of procurement of the F-35 fighter. Harper pointed out that Congress mentioned on this project:
F-35 fighter is expected to become a pillar of the U.S. air fleet, and another 11 allies joined the project. But defense officials make every effort to control costs, the unit price of the aircraft has more than doubled in the past decade.
The Government of Canada has arranged a $ 8.5 billion for the procurement of 65 F-35 fighter, and the allocation of additional $ 7.5 billion for lifelong maintenance. If the U.S. is now reduced to buy F-35 aircraft unit price will further increase, and if Canada is not prepared to increase spending, then the number of procurement within the budget will be reduced.
Before the Canadian Defense Minister Peter? Mackay (Peter MacKa) has been evasive on the reduction of the F-35 fighter. However, on February 13, Minister of Canada is responsible for military procurement Vatican Tarantino (Julian Fantino) when asked whether to reconsider purchasing replied: br />
Current situation from the Pentagon to determine the 13th plan to postpone the production of 179 fighters of the next five years, Lockheed Martin, in order to achieve the target savings of $ 15.1 billion, but the risk is The number of U.S. fiscal year 2013 defense budget for the procurement of fighter 13 less than originally planned, you can save $ 1.6 billion. This is the third adjustment in recent years, the F-35 project. Expected in the next 20 years, the Pentagon will spend $ 382 billion development, purchase a 2443 F-35 fighter.
In January, U.S. Secretary of Defense, Panetta announced the end of the Marine Corps F-35B fighter a two-year observation period a year earlier than originally planned. He said the F-35B aircraft technical problems are being resolved. Panetta praised the progress of the F-35 overall test project, but last month announced a delay in production, in order to avoid the high cost of improvements, because the next decade, the United States will need to reduce the $ 487 billion defense budget.
Pentagon’s F-35 program spokesman Joe?德拉维多瓦 (Joe DellaVedova), said the U.S. military will continue to adhere to the 2443 All fighter purchase was originally planned efforts to complete the R & D testing, so that the aircraft entered service. He said:
In the file together with the fiscal year 2013 pre-announced, the Pentagon Audit Office officials said the delay in production of the decision is made according to the defense focus on changes to funding constraints and the reduction of parallelism need to Parallelism refers to the Pentagon plans to begin production before the flight test began or completed the F-35 fighter.
Allegedly Department of Defense in fiscal year 2013 to reduce the procurement of 13 aircraft in the 2013-2017 fiscal year, the procurement of 179 aircraft is a controlled risk. procurement for the Marine Corps six short-range vertical takeoff and landing variant of machine to purchase four carrier-based jet aircraft for the Navy.
Further delay the F-35 fighter program in Washington allies began to reconsider its own order, this will Lockheed Martin have an important threat, reduce the power of the production of the new stealth fighter. Lockheed Martin said that the U.S. slowdown in procurement will postpone the fast production can save costs. The company said the F-35 testing process, the U.S. legislators has been criticism of this fighter.
Canada is tentatively scheduled meeting next month with partner countries in their embassy in Washington. After the formal meeting in Australia in mid-March, where the partner countries will present their production plans.
Order to postpone also affect the Northrop? Grumman Corporation (responsible for about 25% of the F-35 program), Britain’s BAE Systems (responsible for about 17%), the engine manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney (United Technologies Corporation, a subsidiary of one). In accordance with the new plan in the next five years will buy 244 aircraft, partner countries, Israel, Japan to buy 285, but is clear that international orders may be lower than this level