The Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapons program ever devised. Costing well over a trillion dollars, the F-35 was supposed to replace the frontline fighters for the U.S. Navy, Marines, and Air Force. But costly delays and setbacks have potentially pushed the Air Force to look for a cheaper option to help fill in the gaps left by the expensive F-35A. Correction (March 19, 2021): At 5:30 the video misstates the cost of the program at $1.6 trillion to-date. The correct number is $1.6 trillion over the lifetime of the program. The F-35A was designed to revolutionize fighter procurement. It was going to take the missions of several aircraft and do it all. The maintenance was going to be cheaper and easier due to cutting edge computer software. The list of planes it was going to replace was long. But the operating costs for the aircraft, which is around $36,000 per hour, are still around $10,000 more expensive than older fighters in the Air Force inventory. “The biggest cost challenge that we face in the airplane is the life cycle sustainment cost of the jet. What I can tell you...is the Air Force is laser focused on that.” Said Brigadier General Abba, who is the Director of the F-35 integration office for the U.S. Air Force. “When we are talking about the cost per flying hour of an F-35, it includes all of those sorts of capabilities that in other airplanes, F-16, F-15, that are not organic to the platform itself. They're things that hang either on centerline stations or on wing stations to help the airplane accomplish its mission.” Although the F-35 is an incredibly capable aircraft, the Air Force appears to have decided to diversify its fleet. The F-15EX, an upgraded version of the F-15 that first flew in the 1970s is on the acquisition block, and the initial F-15EX was delivered to the Air Force this month. And recent comments by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Charles Brown Jr., illustrated the possibility of procuring a light fighter to be a replacement for the aging F-16. “The idea that, you know, because there are some affordability challenges that the USA is somehow going to just bail on this program is mad.” Said Justin Bronk, a Airpower and Technology Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. “Of course, they have to consider the future flights it makes because the sums don't add up and they haven't had it up for a long time. And good on General Brown for grasping the mettle on that publicly.” » Subscribe to CNBC: 🤍cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC » Subscribe to CNBC TV: 🤍cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCtelevision » Subscribe to CNBC Classic: 🤍cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCclassic About CNBC: From 'Wall Street' to 'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more. Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: 🤍🤍cnbc.com/ Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: 🤍cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC Follow CNBC News on Facebook: 🤍cnb.cx/LikeCNBC Follow CNBC News on Twitter: 🤍cnb.cx/FollowCNBC Follow CNBC News on Instagram: 🤍cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC Subscribe to CNBC PRO: 🤍cnb.cx/2NLi9AN #CNBC The Future Of The F-35 And The U.S. Air Force Fighter Fleet
the $1.7 trillion dollar lemon
F-22 cost $150m (unit)
F-22 cost $60k per flight hour
F-35 cost $67k per flight hour
F-35 cost $91m (unit)
F-35 as of 2021, 400,000 flight hours = $26,800,000,000 (repair cost)
F-22 as of 2021, Lt. Col. Ryan Pelkola was the first to hit 2,000 flight hours. We have a total of 195 F-22 so let's just give them all 2,000 flight hours for fun. Total: 390,000 hrs. $23,400,000,000 (repair cost)
All this, and it can't defeat a 24 year old Jet. Are we just wasting money. We're not expected to profit from the F-35 either. Who's spending all this money?
Every Senator and Elected Politician in Every State wants a piece of $1.7 Trillion Pie. F-35 Program is too Big and too much Bloated to Fail.
They Better have a NGAD Aircraft, before F-35 Cost becomes Unsustainable.
For Every One Hour of Flight, F-35 Requires 100 Hours of Service and Maintenance.
fcRmbOXvDU4&t=8m33s 8:33 - fcRmbOXvDU4&t=8m37s 8:37 that’s not true,there are aircraft from rival countries that could give the f 35 a run for its money
With the F-35I we in Israel have the AAAA+++++ Battle platform best in the world that is remarkable. Proven. May supplement with new F15
The two most important capabilities of a modern fighter are situational awareness and stealth. The F-22 and F-35 cannot be detected far outside visual range. The F-35 provides unparalleled situational awareness. It will be decades before the F-22 can ever be challenged, with F-35 software upgrades.
I really don’t like F-35 . Expensive and ineffective. Why locked Martin didn’t make the same f35 with double engines ?
You can keep one engine for STOL but give two engines for US Air Force and Navy . Why are they so stupid ?
Military analyst Pierre Sprey, said a few years ago that when you try to create an aircraft that does everything, it will end up doing nothing. The F-35 program is about making money for Lockheed, if you owned Lockheed stock back in the 90's you would have paid about $40 a share, currently that same stock is $441 a share. Money people, money.
17 countries are now buying F-35. Wildly successful program. Why does CNBC not see REALITY right in front of their nose? Just in the last 6 months new customers include Switzerland (36), Finland (64), Germany (35) and CANADA (88)! Over 200 more F-35's ordered.
American propaganda, the United States is trying to create more conflicts in Europe, we French know the secrets of politics A world without Americans is much better
also england , stand with Putin
USA has a small history
USA lost wars in Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan
They say the 6th gen fighter has already been designed. Why not start building those?
Every single new fighter goes through development. 10 f-16s crashed during its development.
How many times has this POS plane crashed so far? It's got a worse flight record than the dodo.
From what I have read, heard and understand about the F35 Program, Its avionics and mission package are hopefully going to be revolutionary. But I also think that it has been almost completely optimised for its ISTAR capabablities within the electronic and digital Air battlespace , therefore in the cold harsh reality of war the traditional core Combat Aircraft attributes i.e. speed, range, manouverability to evade SAM and Air to Air threats that manage to evade its digital and electronic defences ,as well as, real world wartime maintainability could be compromised. I also feel that because this aircraft had to meet Tri-service requirments, its core low observablility characteristics could have had far more potential. As with regards to its cost, all new combat aircraft have initially high development costs, but for the F35, the Military Indrustrial Complex has had a grossly exccesive impact!
It is a worse attack aircraft than the harrier
A worse dog-fighter than the tomcat
And worse at stealth than the blackbird
They made an aircraft that can do anything but doesn't exell at any of it.
It is a modern wunderwaffe, a do it all money sink that is only realistically expected to seal-club ancient MIGs.
f35s are useless until they get a project manager who can overcome the GPS reliance of the system as its way to easy to disrupt the computers in the system with GPS & EMP systems that cost far less than the airframe.