F-35A Caught In Acquisition Dogfight Within U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force F-35A aircraft
F-35A deployments to the Middle East have exposed a durability issue for the engines, which has compounded a bottleneck at the repair depot.
Credit: U.S. Air Force
The Lockheed Martin F-35A is in trouble again. The U.S. Air Force is openly considering more affordable alternatives, including a clean-sheet design for a new fourth-generation fighter. A repair bottleneck, meanwhile, is choking the supply of engines, which threatens the operational fleet with...

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