MINDEF's multi-billion dollar toy F-35 fighter jet struggles to take off

Los Angeles Time, 12 Jun 2013
After a decade of administrative problems, cost overruns and technical glitches, the F-35 is still not ready for action. The program has consistently come under political attack even though the military considers it crucial to the nation's defense needs.
In the skies above the Mojave Desert, test pilots today are pushing the radar-evading F-35 to new heights and flying to ever-increasing speeds to uncover design flaws. Just last week, an F-35 launched a missile in mid-flight from its internal weapons bay for the first time in a test flight for the Air Force.
But problems constantly crop up. Twice this year alone, F-35s have been grounded after different parts failed. Full story

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