On the heels of the drone that landed inside Iran recently, now there’s a report of another drone crash-landing in the Seychelles Islands:
One of the Air Force’s premier drones crashed Tuesday morning in the Seychelles, the Indian Ocean archipelago that serves as a base for anti-piracy operations, as well as U.S. surveillance missions over Somalia.
The crash of the MQ-9 Reaper comes roughly two weeks after a U.S. drone went down in Iran [...]
The Air Force acknowledged the crash at the Seychelles airport, and a spokesman for the service said the crash happened as the drone was landing. No one was injured.
This was a crash landing, rather than the apparently intact drone in Iran, which may have been taken over remotely. But it’s really not a surprise that US military planes are unreliable. In fact, a new report from the Pentagon on the F-35 program reveals a host of issues:
Technical and performance problems with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter appear to be more numerous and more serious than anyone in the Department of Defense has been willing to concede publicly, according to a leaked Pentagon report obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The internal report marked “For Official Use Only” is written in carefully couched language, but clearly sounds alarms that some very large, troubling and costly to resolve technological and performance issues lie ahead for the already troubled and massively over budget F-35.
There are thirteen new design flaws that have been found, according to the internal report. I remember a previous report on the F-35 showed it had problems performing when it rained. Aside from the waste and fraud associated with military contracting, they apparently make incredibly faulty equipment.
Mitt Romney jumped on the Dick Cheney bandwagon by criticizing President Obama for not destroying the drone in Iran. Given the massive design failures we keep seeing crop up, how do we know that the White House didn’t try, and the self-destruct button fell off, or something?
Most expensive military in the world, folks.