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Report: Navy's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter nowhere near combat ready

The report said just two percent of the Navy's F-35's were fully mission capable at any given time.
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WASHINGTON — Some bad news for the Navy's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

A government watchdog agency said the Navy variant of the F-35 is nowhere near combat ready. Military.com reported the non-profit "Project on Government Oversight's" findings.

That group said the Navy F-35-C "continues to dramatically underperform in crucial areas including availability and reliability, cyber-vulnerability testing, and life-expectancy testing." 

The report said just two percent of the Navy's F-35's were fully mission capable at any given time. The Navy previously said the jets met all requirements.

The success of the $121 million F-35 is vital to the Navy because this jet will eventually replace F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets.

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