F-35s Deployed with Wrong Spare Parts Amid Supply Chain Failures, GAO Finds | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

F-35s Deployed with Wrong Spare Parts Amid Supply Chain Failures, GAO Finds

Because of modifications to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet, spare parts that the U.S. Marine Corps took on its recent deployment overseas were not compatible with its fifth-generation fighters, according to a new watchdog report.

The lapse in supply chain management is one of myriad reasons the F-35 stealth jet fleet, operated across three services, is falling short of its performance and operational requirements, according to officials with the Government Accountability Office.

In a report published last week, the GAO found that spare parts shortages contributed to the F-35's overall lower-than-desired mission-capable rate.

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