F-35B Cost Overruns Threaten Marine Helos | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 08.29.16

Airborne 08.30.16

Airborne 08.24.16

Airborne 08.25.16

Airborne 08.26.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 08.29.16

Airborne 08.30.16

Airborne 08.24.16

Airborne 08.25.16

Airborne 08.26.16

Tweet Us The Coolest Things You See @OSH16!
#OSH16Coolest!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

 

Mon, Nov 21, 2011

F-35B Cost Overruns Threaten Marine Helos

Deficit Politics May Require Raiding Funding For UH-1Y, AH-1Z

Some defense budget overruns are covered by Congress simply gritting its teeth and writing bigger checks. But with a growing public outcry over the federal deficit, overruns on the development of the Marine Corps F-35B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter are so large that corresponding cuts elsewhere may affect other aviation assets.

According to comments from a senior defense official to The Marine Corps Times, two programs that could be in the crosshairs are the Marines’ UH-1Y utility and AH-1Z attack helicopters.

The Marines have been in nearly ten years of continuous combat in Iran and Afghanistan, and say their existing attack helicopter fleet is about worn out. Retired Marine Lieutenant General George Trautman, The Marines' former deputy commandant for aviation, emphasizes, “They absolutely need to be replaced. The Marine Corps is not getting out of the attack helicopter business.”

As badly as the Marines need new helicopters, Trautman says the service can't do with fewer than 420 F-35Bs. “There is no give there...The pace they reach 420 is the only thing in question.”

FMI: www.marines.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 08.26.16: Citation Longitude Update, Falcon 9 Display, N Shore Heli Rte

Also: Aerosim Scholarship, Santa Monica Nonsense, Marine One, UAV Developer Kit, FAA Penalty, F-35 Weapons Test, Coastal Helicopters The Cessna Citation Longitude moves closer to i>[...]

AeroSports Update: European Aerobatic Champion Determined

Aerobatics Legend, Mikhail Mamistov, Takes Record Fifth FAI European Aerobatic Championship The World Air Sports Federation (FAI) European Aerobatic Championship (EAC) competition >[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.29.16)

"We, as an industry, can do better... and while its not an infraction on the scale of those we've documented recently with Icon and other bad actors, it apparently created enough d>[...]

Cheesy--Or Just Plain Dishonest? FlyQ Email Suggests ForeFlight Offer--But Isn't

Recent E-Mailing Suggests One Product... But Is Actually Something Else Altogether ANN has made much of the fact that we, as a community, need to be able to depend on one another a>[...]

Another Tough Weekend For Airshows... Two Pilots Lost

Accidents in Oregon and China Take Pilot's Lives It's been a lousy weekend to be an aviation journalist as we document the tragic loss of two well-known pilots in two separate airs>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC