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Glitchy Gun, Low Availability Rates Plague F-35, DoD Weapons Tester Finds

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet still does not have an adequate aircraft availability rate, according to the Defense Department’s testing office. The fifth-generation fighter has had a “flat” trend in capacity rates over the past three years, according to a recent Director of Operational, Test and Evaluation report. Even as the services focus on improvement initiatives, they’re “still not translating into improved availability,” it stated.

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