New $50 bn US fighter jet can’t land on aircraft carriers: report

A Pentagon report stressed on the need for a 'significant redesign' of the aircraft.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published: January 16, 2012 2:56 pm

A new fighter plane to be used by the United Kingdom and United States has a design flaw that prevents it from landing on aircraft carriers,a Pentagon report has revealed.

Leaked Pentagon documents have revealed that the Joint Strike Fighter’s (JSF) arrestor hook,which is used to stop the plane during landing,is located too close to the wheels.

The Pentagon report titled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Concurrency Quick Look Review also pointed out that the aircraft has failed to make eight simulated landings,and stressed on the need for a ”significant redesign” of the aircraft.

It warned that the 50 billion dollar programme might have to be called off if redesigning is too costly or is riddled with technical glitches,The Daily Mail reports.

The report also highlighted other defects in the aircraft,pointing out that it might be unable to fire British Asraam air-to-air missiles.

The report is a huge setback to the British Royal Navy,which had expected to deliver 50 planes by 2020.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has refused to comment on the issue but a spokesman said that UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has discussed the report with his U.S counterpart Leon Panetta.

The spokesman also stressed that the UK ”remains committed to purchasing the carrier variant of the JSF.

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