If it went to war, the F-35B Marine would not return home.
It could be summarized as the new report of the director of the Pentagon's operational testing industry, Michael Gilmore, issued a few hours ago, and which follows the internal memo delivered in December to the Department of Defense.
"Tests on 2B software were completed last May, but the shortcomings are obvious. The Marine Corps declared Initial Operational Capacity in July, but if this F-35 had to go into battle, should be supported to avoid threats, supported in the acquisition of targets, without considering the only two bombs carried internally, worth a signature invalidated radar, which now can cast. the shortcomings of the Block 2B are also evident in the major systems. the core capabilities of the Block 2B not make the current F-35B can support a clash.
The current JSF can not, no future updates, to be decisive. " According to Gilmore report, the main problems of 2B software were so difficult resolution that have been transferred in the next third. The latter had been thought to be a simple upgrade, but the inherited deficiencies were so severe that the same Air Force would refuse to start testing with the new software. "The Air Force has identified five key gaps inherited from Block 2B. On paper, the Air Force would be required Initial Operational Capacity F-35 between August and December of the current year. However, these projections do not are realistic. There are serious problems in the overall stability of the Block 3i which, almost certainly, will not be resolved by next December. "Continued Gilmore." Unlike the Marines, the Air Force does not intend to accept an unstable software. Consequently, the final software Block 3F is delayed and will not be released as planned in May 2017. To date is a delay of at least seven months been certified. The development of Block 3F is completed the first of January of 2018. In spite of the many problems and a myriad of slippage on the schedule, the Pentagon continues to invest in the program, having already cleared the acquisition of hundreds of fighters before the conclusion of tests and possible changes."
In recent days, the Pentagon has ordered a reluctant US Navy to convert its Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike in a tanker plane: his fate will be to supply the F-35C.
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