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Pentagon Reportedly Refuses to Take Any More F-35s Until System Woes Are Solved


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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Department of Defense will reportedly not accept any more new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters from the aircraft’s main contractor Lockheed Martin until major problems with new technology hardware upgrades are solved, with delays expected to last at least into next year.

The Pentagon’s freeze on accepting any more new aircraft equipped with the Technology Refresh 3 (TR-3) hardware will begin in July, US media revealed in a Monday report.

The decision means Lockheed Martin may have to store dozens of the planes at its main factory in Fort Worth, Texas, for most of 2023 and possibly as long as until spring 2024, the defense newspaper said.

Starting later in the summer, F-35 aircraft coming off the production line with TR-3 hardware will not be accepted until relevant combat capability is validated, an F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) spokesman said in a statement quoted by the outlet in another report.

In March, F-35 program executive officer Lieutenant General Mike Schmidt informed Congress that the JPO’s schedule risk assessment projected the TR-3 system would only be completed by April 2024. Lockheed Martin has said it will be delivered by December this year.

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