British taxpayers’ money to war profiteers

This video from the USA says about itself:


17 June 2017

By Michael P. Hughes/Francis Marion University for The Conversation.

Read the original article here.

The F-35 was billed as a fighter jet that could do almost everything the U.S. military desired but has turned out to be one of the greatest boondoggles in recent military purchasing history

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tories’ fighter jet deal gives support to war profiteers

Tuesday 28th November 2017

BRITAIN should stop subsidising companies that profit from war, anti-arms trade activists insisted yesterday as a major weapons manufacturer announced bumper profits from a fighter-jet deal.

US arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin claimed that the F-35 stealth fighter jet — hailed as the world’s most advanced aircraft — had “provided a massive boost to the UK economy.”

Earlier this year, a National Audit Office report revealed that Britain had spent a massive £3.9 billion on the killing machines since the start of the programme — money that Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) said would have been better spent in other areas.

Lockheed Martin UK director Andrew Linstead claimed that analysis showed that the value of the contracts was £8.9 billion, a figure that is set to increase as the deathmongers “ramp up production and more aircraft are made.”

The F-35 jets have been used to threaten North Korea as part of US President Donald Trump’s dangerous game of brinksmanship with Pyongyang.

A deal has been struck with Israel, which has used repeatedly used warplanes to blow up Palestinian civilians and support anti-government forces in Syria.

Many of the the F-35’s parts, including the propulsion system and ejector seat, are built in Britain.

Mr Linstead claimed that there are more than 500 companies in the extended supply chain, with around 24,000 British jobs sustained over the production life of the aircraft.

A £9.1 billion deal for Britain to buy 48 of the fighter jets by 2025 has been criticised over their capability and high cost — a pilot’s high-tech helmet alone costs almost £300,000.

CAAT spokesman Andrew Smith told the Star that the £3.9bn already blown on F-35s would have been better invested in positive industries and other areas of engineering.

He said: “The UK should be moving away from a foreign policy based on the projection of military strength and interventionism, not subsidising and supporting companies that fuel and profit from war.”

The F-35 is the most expensive weapons project in history, with the total cost through 2070 — mostly paid for by the United States — estimated at $1.5 trillion.

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