Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Joint Program Office lead, has said the aircraft program could come to a halt if the government shutdown takes a long time to resolve, Defense News reported Thursday.
Citing Bogdan’s statement, Aaron Mehta writes the shutdown has delayed flight tests, development, deliveries and fleet maintenance for the F-35 joint strike fighter.
“The current closing of the federal government coupled with the furloughs from earlier this year has not been good for the F-35 program,” Bogdan said.
The Defense Contract Management Agency, which handles acquisitions, auditing and approval for military projects, furloughed workers following the shutdown, according to the report.
Mehta writes DCMA employees continue to work at the Fort Worth, Texas-based Lockheed Martin F-35 plant but the agency is not working at full capacity.