Warplanes: July 14, 2000


as easily as other components could be.--Stephen V Cole

Lockheed Martin says it has solved its problems with the vertical lift engine for its Joint Strike Fighter. Problems in the gearbox were traced to a 0.25-inch misalignment of two gears. The overheated bearing was found to be the result of running the engine at full power without a previous low-power break-in period. The company is scrambling to get enough test data to allow Pratt & Whitney to complete the critical engine-controlling software.--Stephen V Cole

July 13, 2000; Lockheed Martin has selected the gun for its Joint Strike Fighter design. In a surprising move, it picked the 27mm cannon produced by JSF competitor Boeing, which based its gun on the German BK27 Mauser. Boeing plans to use the


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