F22 fighter defects exist: one hour per flight to be maintained more than 30 hours
U.S. F-22 fighter
LONDON: According to the U.S. “Washington Post” reported on July 10, the Pentagon a confidential test results, the top U.S. fighter — Lockheed Martin Corp. F-22 recently in the sky flying one hour each will need more than 30 hours of maintenance, which makes it cost more than an hour flight of 4.4 million U.S. dollars, a figure much higher than the aircraft it replaces.
According to Pentagon officials, internal documents and a former engineer said the aircraft’s metal skin to absorb radar waves is the main reason for the maintenance issues, these defects did not expect to — such as vulnerable the impact of rain and other wear and tear from the mid-1990s — to the Air Force and technical personnel will be a challenge.
Defense Department acknowledged this week, although most of the aircraft maintenance will become mature in the easy and cheap, but the F-22 maintenance trend in recent years is the opposite, from October last year to this year May, on average, only 55% of the deployment of F-22 to complete the task of defending U.S. airspace. F-22 never flew over Iraq and Afghanistan.
problems with America’s top fighter of sensitive information, it is in the Obama administration and Congress should stop production next year, when the F-22 appear to quarrel.
a right to publicly comment on Defense Department’s F-22′s critics, said: “Your plane flight in only 1.7 hours later (average) on the success of mission-threatening major fault, it is simply is a disgrace. “other Pentagon skeptics pointed out that 30 years ago in the design of the aircraft against the Cold War rivals, the average cost per aircraft has more than $ 350 million, they said, which in small wars and terrorist threats Time is not the priority object.
However, other defense officials — the end of this reflects the Pentagon’s largest weapons program in U.S. history, one of the great differences in views on the aircraft — can not be stressed beyond the ability to fly, for reduce the problem expressed optimism and said that beyond the expected cost is worth it.
Last month, the House and Senate Armed Services Committee on the extra 369 to 1750 million U.S. dollars to maintain F-22 production line operation of voting, has been driven from the Air Force’s information — including aircraft’s quietly rally activities, such as fashion shows to important members of the new Lockheed video, and production of F-22 parts from the various states of political support. House of Representatives approved the June 25 vote, the Senate will begin next Monday to consider the issue.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the House of Representatives decided to call it “big problem” and promised that if the Senate passed funding for the F-22 proposal, he urged the president to the military spending bill veto. (Editor: Rui Chang)