Analysts: F-35 Development, Testing Costs Underestimated | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.19.18

Airborne-UnManned 02.13.18

Airborne 02.14.18

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18

Airborne 02.16.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 02.19.18

Airborne-UnManned 02.13.18

Airborne 02.14.18

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18

Airborne 02.16.18

Sun, Nov 30, 2008

Analysts: F-35 Development, Testing Costs Underestimated

Independent Team Predicts An Extra Two Years... And $15B More

A defense trade publication reports that an independent team of Pentagon cost analysts said that previous estimates of time and money required for development and testing of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II are too conservative.

Based on experience with other aircraft development programs, the independent team concluded the F-35 will likely require two more years and $15 billion more than Pentagon in-house program managers have predicted, according to Inside The Air Force.

A statement from Lockheed, also describing the internal pentagon estimate as "overly conservative," acknowledged "budget challenges" but expressed confidence to "complete the program at a far lower cost than forecast" by the independent team, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

John Young, Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, told Inside The Air Force the Pentagon's addition of $480 million to the F-35 testing budget for 2010 "is extremely prudent."

Young said Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England have made an optimistic choice, hoping that the predictions of Lockheed and program managers will prove to be more accurate.

If not, the Obama administration will inherit the decision of whether to delay production and shift funds to the development budget or to appropriate money earmarked for other defense projects to the F-35.

FMI: www.af.mil, www.jsf.com

Advertisement

More News

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18: AMA Expo East, Skydio R1, TSB Canada Report

Also: DJI Knowledge Quiz, GoFly Competition, Drone ID Rules Coming, FAA Unenthusiastic About Prosecuting? The Academy of Model Aeronautics will host the annual AMA Expo East at the>[...]

Airborne 02.16.18: R66 Wire-Strike Protection, Elk v Helo, Trump Budget

Also: Red Bull Picks Hartzell, SNC Dream Chaser, CH-53K Demo's Vehicle Lift, Emirates Firms Up A380 Orders Robinson has added wire strike protection provisions to its R66 options l>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 02.13.18: FAA UAS Symposium, Airbus Delivers, Manned EHANG 184

Also: UAS Pilot Code, FAA Drone Program, SkyWatch Funding, Quantix Hybrid UAS For Farmers The FAA and AUVSI will co-host the 3rd Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposiu>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.19.18)

“We are excited that InstantEye has been selected by the Marines as their squad-level sUAS asset. We worked with the Navy and the Marines for some time as they tested and eva>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.18)

Aero Linx: European Air Law Association (EALA) EALA was established in 1988 with the aim to promote the study of European air law and to provide an open forum for those with an int>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC