At a think tank event in Washington on March 6th, House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith said with respect to the F-35 that he wants to “stop throwing money down that particular rathole”.
He also said “What does the F-35 give us? And is there a way to cut our losses? Is there a way to not keep spending that much money for such a low capability because, as you know, the sustainment costs are brutal.”
Looks like the world is moving in David Archibald’s direction on the F-35. Australia needs to review its purchase urgently. Trim back the number of F-35’s, maybe locally manufacture some Gripens instead.