“Nick Harvey, who served as armed forces minister from 2010 to 2012, recently said of the fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, “You could argue it was already one of the biggest white elephants in history a long time ago,” according to an article by The Independent, a national newspaper based in London.
He added there was “not a cat in hell’s chance” the Joint Strike Fighter would be combat-ready by 2018, the article states.
The Joint Strike Fighter is the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program, estimated to cost about $400 billion to purchase 2,457 aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy.
U.S. allies are expected to buy hundreds more. Britain, for example, wants nearly 140 of the planes — the largest planned international F-35 order. Some 130 of the aircraft have been built so far, including three for the U.K. The F-35 is designed to replace such aircraft as the…
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