Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, thinks the F-22 has fairly major structural flaw. The Air Force, on the other hand, thinks not. The contretemps—reported in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer—features Young’s claim that a problem in the aft fuselage and titanium engine casing will require a fighter redesign or major modification. The lawmaker says he’s been telling the Air Force it has to fix the problem before he’ll give his support to further procurement. The Air Force and Lockheed Martin say there is a “potential” flaw, but that it does not affect safety of flight nor require significant rework. They say they discovered the “anomaly” in December 2005. Stay tuned.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…