F-35 Suffers Further Setback

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

2nd February, 2016


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Work on the information systems of the American F-35 are behind schedule by eleven months, according to the portal Business Insider.

It is expected that the developers of the multi-purpose fighter-bomber of the fifth generation Lockheed Martin F-35 “lightning” II will miss a key deadline for the release of the sixth unit of software – Block 3F, the newspaper notes. This part of the code is responsible for training and combat capabilities of the aircraft.

“Without the code, the F-35 will not be simple,” writes Business Insider. According to the Director of operational test and evaluation of the Ministry of Defence of the USA Michael Gilmore, the fighter will not be fully operational by the planned date of July 2017.

“The main problems of the jet have long been known – the incompleteness of the IT skeleton of the fighter — Autonomous information management systems, the instability of the avionics in  Block 3F, insufficient reliability and maintainability of the engine” — the publication quotes the Director of the division of the Pentagon.

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