Warplane faces ’tech problems and cost blowout’
The RAF’s new generation warplane will reportedly be unable to fly properly due to defence cuts.
The US-built F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is plagued by a long list of problems, leaving the Ministry of Defence facing millions of pounds of hidden costs, according to a report by The Times.
The UK is paying between £77m and £100m for each of the planes, according to manufacturer #Lockheed_Martin, but the newspaper reports the true cost of each jet delivered this year will be more than £150m.
The growth in price tag can be blamed on “extras” such as software upgrades and spare parts.