Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Final F-35 Testing Slips To 2018 via Lara Seligman, Defense News

via DN
The military’s top weapons tester has been warning for months that the F-35 will not be ready for its final major test phase until 2018 at the earliest. On Tuesday, the Pentagon officially acknowledged the schedule slip.
“We reviewed the status of operational test planning, and there is consensus that that is likely to occur in calendar year 2018 given the realities of the schedule at this time,” said Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, during a Tuesday conference call. “The target was the middle of 2017, but it’s clear we’re not going to make that.”
This slip reflects a six-month delay for initial operational test and evaluation, or IOT&E, the last major period of testing before full-rate production.
The joint program office’s objective to begin IOT&E was August or September 2017, said JPO chief Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, speaking to reporters along with Kendall after the F-35 chief executive officer roundtable in Phoenix. But that start date has slipped to January or February, he said.
Late becomes later.

Another slip because of software.

With the F-35 is anyone surprised?

No comments :

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.