Skip to comments.Lockheed to Speed Development of Joint Strike Fighter
Posted on 03/06/2010 8:50:08 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Defense Department leaders and Lockheed Martin executives explained to international partners changes that have been made in the Joint Strike Fighter program. Ashton B. Carter, the department's undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, and Robert Stevens, chief operating officer for Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for the program, explained what measures Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has taken to right the program.
A department study of the program completed in October found the development phase of the revolutionary aircraft had slipped by 30 months. Gates has made changes that will reduce the slippage to 13 months, Carter said during a phone interview from Dallas today.
Carter was able to report to the partners that the Joint Strike Fighter program now has a realistic plan and "not a blindly optimistic one" or a "fatalistic one."
The undersecretary also said the study identified management measures to improve performance over the coming years. "I want to emphasize that this process of independent review and aggressive management to specific milestones will continue," he said.
Carter emphasized that the review turned up no fundamental technological or manufacturing problems with the JSF program and no failure to make military capabilities. He reiterated that the Joint Strike Fighter will be the backbone of collective air superiority for the next generation.
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I sure wish that slippage time would result in the JSF being turned into the F-22.
That would be very nice.
Considering Lockheed covered up the first slippage, why would I believe them now. It is not unusual to have slippage and overrun but it is strange to give a briefing in October by Lockheed management that everything was on time and under budget and a few months later it is in cost overrun and slippage of 30 months. Now Gates waves his magic wand and halves the slippage or more.
lulz, already months behind but yeah, “we’ll” speed up development. lulz!
Gates: "aircraft had slipped by 30 months. Gates has made changes that will reduce the slippage to 13 months"
Obama:"the recession is over, the job losses which were 280,000 a month are now only 40,000 a month."
Most brain dead administration in history!
Hey, we got a Shamwow president, dint cha know?
The JSF are just targets for the F-22..
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