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Crew chiefs with the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit work on an F35A Lightning II returning to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, after a two-month European deployment, July 31, 2019.

The F-35’s abysmal readiness rate raises questions about future of the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons system

A government watchdog found that the F-35 Lightning II test squadron had single-digit full mission capable rates, calling its future into question.
F-35A

The F-35 can now help the US Army track and destroy incoming enemy missiles

The F-35 can stealthily gather critical target information and relay it back to the Army, giving US ground forces an edge in a tough fight.
US Navy F-35Cs.

The F-35 stealth fighter is getting a very long-range missile that can blind an enemy’s air defenses

The missile, a valuable weapon for the first wave of attacks against a powerful rival, can be carried without compromising the F-35's stealth.
33rd Fighter Wing F-35As taxi down the flightline at Volk Field during Northern Lightning Aug. 22, 2016.

The US is silent as Turkey starts receiving a Russian missile system that could jeopardize the F-35 stealth fighter

Turkey ignored repeated warnings and purchased the S-400. Now, the US is trying to figure out how to respond.
U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs, center, lead a formation of Israeli Air Force F-35I, right, and Royal Air Force F-35B, left, during Exercise Tri-Lightning over the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, June 25, 2019.

The 3 countries that have sent F-35s into combat just combined their stealth-fighter firepower for the first time

US, UK, and Israeli F-35s linked up and practiced defeating the advanced aircraft and air-defense systems of sophisticated opponents.
Turkish TF-X fifth-generation fighter concept

Turkey unveils new stealth-fighter concept as the US prepares to kick its ally out of the F-35 program

The program was started to replace the aging F-16 fleet, but it may take on new urgency as the US prepares to kick Turkey out of the F-35 program.
F-22 Raptor

China and Russia say they can see through US stealth, but US F-22s and F-35s are expected to dominate for decades

China and Russia probably can spot US stealth fighters in certain situations, but it takes more than that to beat an American fifth-gen aircraft.
Two F-35C Lightning II aircraft

F-35 stealth fighter is still struggling with a string of big problems even as the Pentagon talks about ramping up production

America's most expensive weapon ever is still facing some troubling problems as the Pentagon prepares to make the jump to full-rate production.
The USS Gerald R. Ford underway on its own power for the first time, April 8, 2017.

The Navy’s newest supercarriers can’t deploy with the new F-35 stealth fighters, and Congress is not happy about it

The Navy's efforts to create new supercarriers are problematic, and Congress has finally decided to do something to make it clean up its mess.
A U.S. Navy F-35C Lightning II, attached to Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing, the 'Argonauts' of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, completes a flight over Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Feb. 1, 2019.

Here are 5 of the worst weapons projects the US military has in the works

The US military churns out a lot of really awesome weapons, but sometimes these programs turn into real nightmares.