The contractors gave the air force the CAD/PAD requirements for the life of contract (30 Years) at the very start. This gave the air force 2-3 years to get the first order in.
They dropped the ball and did not place the order. there is no "world wide shortage" there are quite simply none available until more are manufactured.
This has lead to a reduced fleet as the CAD/PAD becomes life expired, leading to increased flying on the remaining aircraft, which in turn accelerates them into the phase service.
The lack of CAD/PAD effects both the seat and canopy system.
The contractors are doing all they can to deliver aircraft to the line with the limited parts available, including working the weekends to carry out minor scheduled servicing's and repairs.
'there is no "world wide shortage" there are quite simply none available until more are manufactured.'
So, that would be a shortage then, world wide?
Lifed parts like ejection charges are made to order and not made to sit on the shelf. So no there is no shortage. They simply wernt ordered with enough lead time. Charges for the seats currently fitted may have been from a older batch leaving them only half life from when we received them.