The Littoral Combat ship program just keeps falling apart, even as we add new hulls.
Navy & Marine Corps having some serious problems as of late ... CVN-78, F/A-18s among others. Starting to look endemic.
I dunno if I'd go as far as endemic, but I do wonder how much of the aircraft issues, at least, can be attributed to resources for long-term maintenance being redirected to or deferred because of the F-35 program. The USAF doesn't seem to have as much of a problem as the Marines, but they also have a bit more money to shuffle around.
The ships, yeah, I dunno. The LCS was a debacle from the get-go, but CVN-78 is still hopefully just dealing with first-in-class issues. Too early to tell for the Zumwalts, methinks, but the reality of those AGS guns are a big black eye.
Still not a good trend. KC-46 has got an arm's length of faults, the USAF is refusing F-35 deliveries, the Zumwalts going to sea without ammo for its' most vaunted capability, etc, etc.
I was willing to cut EMALS slack as new system break-in issues. But some of the fundamental flaws in the system, as reported, as just mind boggling. Resolving them are critical to the fielding of new carriers for decades and how/whether that can be done without spending unholy amounts of cash is doubtful.
It's amazing to me that we could have IOC for the F-15 three years after its' first flight and yet the F-35, which first flew in 2006, and after doing nothing but extensive testing for over a decade, is still as shaky as a newborn colt.
You expect problems with new platforms but lengthy development times, cost over-runs and expensive adjustments due to side-by-side production and testing are all having a profound effect on the force.
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