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Una richiesta a Prodi
- Subject: Una richiesta a Prodi
- From: rossana <rossana at comodinoposta.org>
- Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 21:52:55 +0200
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Uscire subito dal programma F-35!
Posted on Sat, Apr. 08, 2006
F-35 program total now at $276.5 billion
By BOB COX
STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER
The Pentagon reported Friday that the total estimated cost of Lockheed
Martin's F-35 joint strike fighter program has risen by $20 billion, a
7.7 percent increase in the last year.
In a quarterly "selected acquisition report," Pentagon analysts now
estimate that it will cost $276.5 billion to develop three versions of
the F-35 and build about 2,400 of the planes for the Air Force, Navy and
That's up from the $256 billion figure last given for the program. The
total cost figures are for the lifetime of the program, which could
exceed 20 years. It is the largest U.S. weapons program ever.
The Pentagon said cost increases are largely because of higher materials
costs and a change in inflation expectations.
Earlier Friday, the Pentagon said that its top weapons buyer had signed
off on a plan to allow Lockheed and other contractors to begin spending
money for early-stage work on the first five F-35 production models.
Ken Krieg, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, approved the plan
Thursday. Krieg and other senior civilian and military officials
reviewed the program's progress and plans last week.
Congress included $120 million in the fiscal 2006 budget that was
approved in December for F-35 contractors to buy "long lead items," such
as manufacturing equipment, materials and some initial parts and assemblies.
"It's a down payment on the first five airplanes," said Kathy Crawford,
spokeswoman for the F-35's program manager, Rear Adm. Steven Enewold.
The Pentagon has requested more money to build the first "low rate
initial production" planes, all conventional-takeoff-and-landing
versions for the U.S. Air Force, in the fiscal 2007 budget that
President Bush submitted to Congress.
Enewold and other program managers had briefed Krieg on program
progress. Crawford said that a critical design review team, which in
February examined the work done by Lockheed and other contractors, gave
the design for the Air Force version a green light.
Crawford confirmed that the first test flight of the prototype F-35,
which had been expected to take place in August, is now likely to slip
to early fall.
Ground testing of the F-35 prototype "is right on schedule," Lockheed
spokesman John Kent said.
The first production versions of the aircraft won't be completed until
2009, by which time much flight testing using test aircraft is scheduled
to have been completed.