So how many full-rate production (FRP) (not low rate initial production (LRIP) mistake-jets) F-35s will the U.S. Air Force have in their hands by 2020?
Less than 100.
Just a few years ago full rate production was supposed to kick in in 2014. In 2008, USAF plans and programs people stated that unless Congress could hand over more gross domestic product, the service could only afford 48 jets per year. Interesting in that for FRP they were in for 80 per year on the F-35 JSF plan. Before 2006 USAF was in for 110 per year for FRP.
Now things with the program are worse. The U.S. is broke and FRP for the F-35 will start in 2016. If the latest negative program news at the end of November has an effect, FRP for the F-35 will start when? 2017, 2018? 2019?
So; 2020. It took the United States Government 19 years to get less than 100 supposedly new-tech fighters into the hands of the USAF (the biggest supposed buyer of the F-35).
What a joke.