Software Issues Derail F-35 Testing Schedule | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Software Issues Derail F-35 Testing Schedule

Problems lingering in the F-35’s software systems have delayed a series of tests designed to ensure the aircraft can perform a full range of operationally relevant missions.

An internal memo signed by Robert Behler, the US Defense Department's director of operational test and evaluation, has pushed backed the "initial test and evaluation" (IOT&E) of the aircraft by at least two months. The memo, dated August 24, was obtained by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) and published September 12.

The "currently fielded operationally-representative software version 30R00, which I approved for Pre-IOT&E Increment 2 test activities, was adequate and relevant to conduct the evaluation of two-ship missions involving lower-end threats," Behler wrote.

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