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Don Bacon
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Lockheed Martin threatens to pull $825M in #F35 contracts if Canada doesn't buy its failed  jets,  0.004% of
Canada's GDP of $1,827,000M. -- so what

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A major factor affecting affordability, not mentioned, is worsening exchange rates for most potential F-35 buyers. The euro, for example, has suffered a decline of over twenty percent recently.
http://www.chartoasis.com/forex/1/eur_usd/5_years.html

Another factor is that there really is no "F-35" -- only useless faulty F-35 prototypes. The plane is still in development, and will be for at least several more years. All prototype planes will have to be retrofitted later with unknown time and cost penalties.

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It would be more than avoiding a review, it would be violating the law.

 Multi-year procurements, which the Pentagon intends, that would be Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall, are covered by 10 U.S. Code § 2306b. Kendall intends to obfuscate by calling his MYP a "block buy" which is a Pentagon invention not covered by any statute. It's been done before, but never on this scale.

So they intend to procure a huge number of faulty F-35 prototype planes which don't satisfy the law "That there is a stable design for the property to be acquired and that the technical risks associated with such property are not excessive." The law requires that F-35 production starts after Milestone C, April 2019, when the plane's design would be approved.

As a result of engineering changes mandated by further testing these faulty planes will all be subject to retrofit at great cost, at depots yet to be built and staffed, a situation once called by Kendall "acquisition malpractice" when it was on a small scale not involving hundreds of aircraft as his new plan would.  That would be mucho-malpractice and just plain wrong. There is no need to break the law, and it's stupid to so particularly when the only reason for it is to enhance LockMart profits.

Money would be saved by obeying the law, and in the meantime improving quality at the F-35 Ft. Worth factory, which has been found deficient by the Pentagon Inspector General.  Sloppy workmanship is expensive.

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Whew, that's a relief, the ADF doesn't need stealth so it can buy a less expensive plane, put some sensors on it, communicate with everyone  and carry a full bomb load.
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