F-35 in crisis as Pentagon tests find 276 different faults in $400bn jet’s combat system and warn full tests might not even begin until 2019

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been hailed as the ‘most expensive weapon in history’, costing $400bn.

It has been plagued with delays, prompting Donald Trump to describe it as ‘out of control’ and demanding a price cut from Lockheed Martin.

Now, a new Pentagon report has warned the jet still has hundreds of faults – and won’t be ready to even begin full combat testing until 2019.

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