Lockheed's Troubled F-35 Grounded by Pentagon After First Crash

Two F-35 fighter jets land in Israel

The entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets has been grounded to inspect the aircraft for suspected faulty fuel tubes, the United States military said.

The grounding order affects all variants of the advanced fighter jets, including the Air Force's F-35A and the Navy's F-35C.

The U.S. Services and global partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the enterprise conducts a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all F-35 aircraft.

The jet was based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and on a routine training missing at the time.

Two U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II's assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fly a combat mission over Afghanistan, Sept. 27, 2018.

The military say that the inspection process is expected to take up to 48 hours.

"If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced", the Pentagon said in a statement.

When the planes first touched down on United Kingdom soil, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "These formidable fighters are a national statement of our intent to protect ourselves and our allies from intensifying threats across the world".

The F-35 program, the most expensive weapon in USA military history, has been marred by delays and cost overruns and other mechanical issues.

A fleet of F-35 fighter jets have been temporarily grounded in order to inspect the aircraft after a crash in SC last month (file photo).

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The Israeli warplanes, purchased from the USA, are a different model than the American one that crashed.

The U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps plan to buy a total of 2,456 F-35s, at an estimated cost of $325 billion.

The F-35 is only just entering service but it is already the most expensive weapons programme of all time.

The inspection was prompted by initial data from the investigation into the crash of a Marine Corps F-35B from a training squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in SC.

Mr DellaVedova added that if "known good" tubes are already in place, then those planes will be returned to operational status.

Mr DellaVedova said: "The primary goal following any mishap is the prevention of future incidents".

The F-35B is the short takeoff, vertical landing variant of the aircraft, which allows the pilot to hover and land vertically like a helicopter - a necessity for the Marines, which typically operate from amphibious ships with smaller decks than aircraft carriers.

A spokesman for the F-35s manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, said Thursday morning that industry partners were working with the F-35's Joint Program Office to investigate the problems. The US government's accountability office estimates all costs associated with the project will amount to one trillion dollars. It represents a step-change in capability but the F-35's complexity has inevitably thrown up problems.

The plane, manufactured by Lockheed Martin but including parts made in several other countries, has been sold to a number of nations, including the UK, Japan, Italy, Turkey and South Korea.

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