An investigation has revealed the true cost of government defence cuts – we now have stealth jets that are quite possibly the least stealthy things on the market.
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The latest F-35 Lightning II Lockheed Martin fighter jets are unable to relay information to naval units without exposing their position, night vision is prone to failure and the software is easy to hack.
And now it could see its abilities crippled further by Whitehall demands for £400m in savings from the department tasked with providing critical networking support.
There are also concerns that the money used to buy aircraft that can take off and land vertically will go to waste because the first four we purchased were deemed too heavy to perform the key function safely.
Despite the massive flaws in the kit being procured for our nation’s pilots, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence made a tone deaf statement that “the F-35B Lightning II aircraft is the world’s most advanced fighter jet”.
They went on to boast that the programme “offers the best capability for our Armed Forces” despite the new planes being hampered by obsolete broadband technology on naval aircraft carriers.
The new fighters should cost the taxpayer £77million a piece, but the cost could almost double due to a range of extras – including “cost reduction initiatives” – buried deep within the relevant defence contracts.
Once again counter-productive attempts to save money on defence could leave the UK weak while forcing taxpayers to pay out hand over fist to compensate for cost-cutting and bad decisions made by higher-ups.
In an increasingly dangerous world the government can’t afford to skimp on matters of national defence. The farce surrounding our newest fighter jets should be a massive wake up call.