U.S. Lawmakers Want To Cut F-35 Orders As Undelivered Jets Keep Piling Up | Aviation

Two U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team, fly in formation on the way to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, May 16, 2024. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Rufus)

More than 100 F-35 jets might be awaiting delivery by the end of the year, requiring another year to actually deliver all of them once cleared.

The U.S. House Armed Services Committee is looking to cut the orders of the F-35 Lightning II for next year, according to a proposed draft of the FY25 National Defense Authorization Act. The FY25 budget request accounted for 68 aircraft, of which 42 are F-35As, 13 are F-35Bs and 13 are F-35Cs, however, the NDAA would reduce them to 58.

To make things worse, ten of these 58 jets would not be allowed to be delivered until the Secretary of Defense certifies the problems are solved, effectively reducing the number of F-35s to be delivered in 2025 to 48, instead of the 68 planned. The decision appears to be related to the ongoing delays due to the Technology Refresh 3 upgrade (TR-3), which provides the “computational horsepower” to support modernized Block 4 capabilities.

A Republican staffer told reporters that they are growing frustrated with the F-35 and the one billion that would be saved by cutting the order would be reinvested in the F-35 program, while the other ten jets withheld would…

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