A Pentagon briefing dated 4 January shows a
larger number F-35B/Cs in 2029 will cost more to operate over dramatically fewer flying hours than today’s fleet of AV-8Bs and F/A-18C/Ds.
The presentation is authored by David E. Burgess, director of the cost department for the Naval Air Systems Command.
The chart shows predictions that the F-35B/C fleet will cost more to operate from Fiscal 2020 to FY2045 than the aircraft they replace. The data could be significant as the F-35 program has been justified primarily as a cost-saving effort, with three variants sharing a common design.
I’ll be reporting more about this briefing tomorrow, so stay tuned.
CHART: F-35B/C operating costs versus Hornets, Harriers
By Stephen Trimble on 13 January, 2010 in Uncategorised
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