GAO: Assessment needed on F-35 sustainment

By Shelley K. Mesch / September 21, 2023 at 3:32 PM
The Defense Department needs to reassess its approach to F-35 Joint Strike Fighter sustainment to boost its mission-capable rates to program goals, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday . The low mission-capable rate as of March 2023 -- just 55% -- was due in part to problems with depot and organizational maintenance, the report states. More than 10,000 components were awaiting repair because of these problems. “The program faces a limited depot repair capability, a growing number...

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