F-35 in Trouble? Dispute with Lockheed Martin Means No More American F-35 Deliveries
At the heart of the dispute is the government’s inspection of the planes during Lockheed’s production, which failed to discover problems with the fastenings, the sources said.
A dispute with Lockheed Martin over a production mistake on the F-35 has prompted the Pentagon and at least two foreign countries from accepting deliveryof new aircraft.
Corrosion “exceeding technical limits” was discovered during routine maintenance at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) last year. The Pentagon determined that the “lack of protective coating at the fastening point” between the carbon fiber exterior panel and aluminum airframe to be the cause.
As reported by Reuters the dispute centers on who will foot the bill for Lockheed Martin technicians to travel around the world to remedy the issue on jets based overseas.