F-35's problems mount, maintenance costs rise

08/15/2014 | Aviation Week & Space Technology

The fan-stage breakup in the F-35 joint strike fighter's F135 engine that recently grounded the plane is the type of fault that should have been spotted during engineering and manufacturing development, according to this article. The failure also suggests that a backup engine should have been developed, a factor that would have added to the F-35's already astronomical price tag, which includes higher-than-expected maintenance costs.

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