The Pentagon has refrained from authorizing a plan for operational testing of Lockheed Martin's...


The Pentagon has refrained from authorizing a plan for operational testing of Lockheed Martin's (LMT) F-35 program, Reuters reports, with officials expressing frustration at the pace of development in a "very painful" review on Friday. Of particular concern are the problems afflicting the F-35 helmet, which is being developed by  Rockwell Collins (COL) and Israel's Elbit Imaging (EMITF).

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  • davidingeorgia
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    Another example of penny wise, pound foolish. The Pentagon and Congress killed the construction program for a plane that actually worked and worked well - the F-22 - in order to build the supposedly cheaper, one-size-fits-all F-35 that obviously doesn't work well, and often doesn't work at all. And, with all the snags the program has hit, the F-35 might actually end up costing more than the F-22 would have. Your genius government at work.
    11 Sep 2012, 05:41 AM Reply Like
  • Jeremy Johnson, CFA
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    The F-22 is a good plane but it can't fit all the roles that the F-35 can.

     

    Frankly, I think the development pace of the F-35 has been quite good, given how much software engineering talent the program has needed.
    11 Sep 2012, 11:40 AM Reply Like
  • mickmars
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    Sigh..... Iran isn't gonna bomb itself. Romney's made some promises to Israel that he needs to keep.
    11 Sep 2012, 06:57 AM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    Romney can promise what he wants - never going to be president......
    11 Sep 2012, 02:59 PM Reply Like
  • Tom in Texas
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    "The Pentagon has refrained from authorizing a plan for operational testing..."

     

    Because of a helmet?
    11 Sep 2012, 11:39 AM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    The helmet is the core of the HUD in modern fighters.
    11 Sep 2012, 02:41 PM Reply Like
  • candor
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    This helmet is more than just a helmet its a critical component of the weapon system enabling off axis firing of missiles. PS don't blame Lockheedjust like the engines this is a Government Furnished Item (GFE). Any delays caused by the government in furnishing GFE enable LMT to file a claim for compensation for the effect of the delay on the company and its subcontractors.
    11 Sep 2012, 12:50 PM Reply Like
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