More delays for Joint Strike Fighter?

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A possible delay in the first series of the Joint Strike Fighter planes will not necessarily affect the delivery of two Dutch test planes, according to the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

The head of the JSF programme said it should be slowed down. Lockheed Martin is due to deliver the first Dutch test plane by August 2012 and the second in March 2013.

US Vice Admiral David Venlets told the website AOL that the production of the officially named F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter should be slowed down after tests in the past 12 months have revealed potential cracks and weak spots in the fighter plane’s airframe.

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