The average consumer would expect that a $65 billion dollar product comes with a warranty. The Department of Defense apparently doesn’t feel the same way.
The DOD has purchased 170 F-22 Raptors, by the far the world’s most technologically advanced fighter plane, at a cost of $65 billion. The only problem? They keep asphyxiating their pilots.
On at least 20 occasions since the aircraft entered service in 2008, Raptor pilots have reported “mid-air black-outs, disoreintation and other symptoms of oxygen deprivation.”
The fleet has been grounded on several occasions, but the source of the problem has yet to be determined. So, the DOD is giving Lockheed Martin another $24 million to investigate the problem.