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Report: F-35 Struggled With Reliability, Maintainability, Availability in 2023

By John A. Tirpak

The U.S. F-35 fleet, despite being considered a largely “mature” system, is still struggling to meet reliability, maintainability, and availability requirements, the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation’s annual 2023 report said. Improving processes for stealth repairs, improving maintenance processes and making more spare parts available should help, the report said.