The US Air Force has withdrawn ten units of the F-35 fighter jets, a month after it was announced about its readiness. The decision was made due to a defect, detected in fuel tanks of the aircraft.
The US Air Force has decided to withdraw ten F-35 fighter jets after it was discovered that “insulation of the tanks was fractured and began to crumble,” the CNN TV-channel reported, citing a statement of the US Air Force.
This defect affected a total of 57 fighter jets, 15 of which have already been delivered to the US Air Force. A little more than a month ago, it was announced about combat readiness of ten F-35, another four are used for flight training and one – for testing. Others have not yet left a conveyor, and these problems will be eliminated in a manufacturing process.
The Lockheed Martin manufacturer of the fighter jets has already delivered 108 F-35As warplanes to the US Air Force. The US Air Force plans to buy a total of 1,763 aircraft.
According to CNN, the F-35 is the most expensive military aircraft in history. The cost of one aircraft is $135 million, while the cost of the entire batch is estimated at $400 billion.