U.S. Defense Secretary’s focus on the development should be reduced to purchase F/A-18EF F-35
Marine Corps-type F-35B flight test machine is
The Navy Times May 5, 2009 reported the first U.S. Navy carrier-based aircraft carrier F-35C Joint Strike Fighter is expected off the assembly line this summer . The aircraft will be in December at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth near the flight test.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in April 2009 speech that the Navy should be reduced F/A-18 “Super Hornet” fighter of procurement, and to focus on the development of F-35 “Lightning II” fighters, which increased the Navy F-35C’s urgent needs.
F-35C’s development schedule in 2015 with initial operational capability, since the Gates after the speech has not changed.
F-35C is the first type of stealth-type aircraft carriers, the aircraft will eventually replace the F/A-18 “Super Hornet.” Maintenance tasks through the use of digital systems, F-35 aircraft can reduce the number of crew on the flight deck. The system monitoring software and hardware on the aircraft to detect possible failures, and in the aircraft before landing a wireless way to transmit information about the flight deck, ship maintenance personnel to provide some time for the necessary repairs carried out to prepare.
F-35C aircraft type following the Air Force and Marine Corps F-35 type, the last type of F-35 fighters. (China Shipping Information Center Zhang Yinong)