F-35 programme remains at risk at SDD conclusion, chief Pentagon test official warns

…and just a few weeks ago it was warned here that the F-35 program was touted as combat ready — out of rushed haste, not confidence.

 

Key Points

  • The Pentagon’s director of operational testing has warned that the F-35 programme is still at risk of failing to deliver its full combat capability at the conclusion of SDD
  • The USAF and the USMC have declared IOC with interim 3i combat software, while the USN has said that it will wait until 3F software is complete

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is still at “substantial risk” of not achieving full combat capability by the end of its development in 2018, according to the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) chief weapons tester.

“In fact, the programme is actually not on a path towards success, but instead on a path towards failing to deliver the full Block 3F [software] capabilities, for which the department is paying almost USD400 billion by the scheduled end of system development and demonstration [SDD] in 2018,” Michael Gilmore, the DoD’s director of operational testing and evaluation (DOT&E), said in a 9 August memo viewed by IHS Jane’s .

Full article: F-35 programme remains at risk at SDD conclusion, chief Pentagon test official warns (IHS Jane’s 360)

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