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F-35B Internal Weapons Bay Can't Fit Required Load Of Small Diameter Bomb IIs (Updated)


The short takeoff and vertical landing capable F-35B, which has handicapped the entire Joint Strike Fighter design since its inception, has another major problem, it can't fit a full load of Small Diameter Bomb IIs in its weapons bay. What's worse is that even though the USMC will declare the F-35B operational this year, it won't be until 2022 that the problem will hopefully be fixed. https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/f-35-cant-carry-its-most-versatile-weapon-until-at-leas-1688616599
 
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https://gizmodo.com/pentagon-grounds-every-f-35-fighter-jet-after-crash-in-1829735258
October 13, 2018
The United States military temporarily grounded all of its F-35 jets, the Defense Department’s priciest fighter jets, for inspection Thursday following a crash in South Carolina last month. The cause of the crash is believed to be the result of a faulty fuel tube, though inspections of all F-35 planes operated by the U.S. and its allies were scheduled to be conducted this week.

“We are actively partnering with the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office, our global customers and Pratt & Whitney to support the resolution of this issue and limit disruption to the fleet,” Lockheed Martin, the defense contractor that makes the F-35, said in a statement following the announcement.

The decision to ground the fighter jets follows a nonfatal crash of an F-35B near the Marine Corp Air Station Beaufort on September 28. CNN reported at the time that the pilot was able to safely eject from the aircraft. Nonetheless, a fleet-wide inspection of all F-35s overseen by a Navy aircraft mishap board was expected to be completed within the next couple of days, a Pentagon spokesperson said Thursday, and any suspect fuel tubes would be replaced.