Wasteful Alternate Engine for Joint Strike Fighter is Focus of New Online Video Campaign
WASHINGTON, May 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As the House Armed Services Committee begins consideration of H.R. 5136, the FY 2011 Defense Authorization Act, Pratt & Whitney has unveiled a new series of web videos highlighting the bipartisan opposition to the wasteful alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter.
The web videos are available online at http://www.youtube.com/f135engine
The first video in the series highlights the bipartisan opposition to the alternate engine during last year’s Senate debate on the Defense Authorization Act. The video features floor speeches from Senators Joe Lieberman, John McCain, Saxby Chambliss and James Inhofe.
Senator Joe Lieberman: “Not only do we not need it, the Air Force testified before our committee that if we spend this money on a second engine, we are going to get, by General Shackelford’s testimony to us, 53 fewer Joint Strike Fighters in the next 5 years. We will not be able to afford them. That is a serious consequence.”
Senator John McCain: “Taking money out of the program’s research, development, and testing and evaluation effort will, in my view, most assuredly disrupt the program.”
Senator James Inhofe: “It seems to me it is a savings without the alternate engine, which will allow us to have more capability, more aircraft.”
Senator Saxby Chambliss: “We are going to be buying a lot of F-35s in a short period of time. They have a great engine on them today. It works. It is successful. That is where we need to concentrate. That is where we need to spend our money.”
SOURCE Pratt & Whitney Military Engines