The United States is facing a multi-billion dollar problem that can cause enormous damage. As reported by the United States Government Accountability Office, the Pentagon does not know where the thousands of parts with which the F-35 Lightning II fighters are manufactured are located, for the next year’s future fighters.
The development and production of these products included other countries, such as Japan, Israel, Britain and Italy, which contributed funds to the cause. The problem is that all the companies and nations participating in the project share a pool of spare parts, managed by the Pentagon but managed by prime contractors, such as Lockheed Martin or Pratt & Whitney.
The United Nations does not own these parts but they use the Pentagon stock (tires, weapons, propellants, engines . spare parts tank totaling more than $85 million” between the years 2018 and 2012.
Where can the missing pieces be?
The North American Congress announced last Tuesday that all parts are distributed in more than 50 facilities of non-main contractors both national and international, so they are those who work directly with the government in the management of these elements, so the F.-35 Joint Program does not take care of the job.
For all this, from the Office of Accountability of the US Government, it has been indicated, both the number of parts lost to spare, and the money for those that are unknown for them.
What is a possible solution?
With so many parties involved in the project – up to a dozen nations involved and countless teams of contractors – consult the F-35 Joint Program Office, which has spent some 12 million dollars on an inventory of all parts spread across the globe. by creating a single contract so that all parties can be identified and generated, with the goal of reporting damages to contractors.
Meanwhile, in parallel, the Pentagon will take care to clarify the monitoring of parts and specify how to deal with obsolete parts sparingly. It should be noted that the Lightning II fighter is the most expensive system in the history of the United States Department of State, estimated at a cost of approximately 1.7 billion dollars.