Report: Only 27% Of F-35 Fighters Worldwide Were Full Mission Capable In 2018

Flight Global: F-35 full mission capability rate only 27% due to parts shortages

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II’s performance is far lower than desired by the US Department of Defense (DoD), largely due to spare parts shortages, as well as difficulty managing and moving parts around the world.

Only 27% of F-35 fighters worldwide were full mission capable between May and November 2018, according to a study conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Some 52% of the stealth fighters were mission capable – able to perform at least one mission – over the same period.

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Update #1: Poor supply chain is keeping F-35s grounded, government watchdog says (Stars and Stripes)
Update #2: F-35s grounded 30 percent of the time, GAO says in parts supply chain analysis (UPI)

WNU Editor: I am sure these supply chains will be sorted out in the next year or two. The full report is here .... GAO Report on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Sustainment (USNI News).

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