Didn't I say earlier that it takes years
and years to work out the bugs that's bugging the F-100 that
fires up the j-35, even to this day?
US Considers Non-Combat-Rated Subset of F-35 Fleet (excerpt)
US Considers Non-Combat-Rated Subset (substandard) of F-35 Fleet
WASHINGTON, DC --- Scores of US-owned Lockheed Martin F-35s would remain in the fleet with a software operating system rated below combat-grade under one of several cost-saving proposals under review by the Joint Programme Office.
Delays during the development stage caused Lockheed to deliver more than 108 aircraft with Block 2B software. Each fighter requires 150-160 modifications to be raised to the combat-rated Block 3 standard, says Vice Adm Matt Winter, the F-35’s programme executive.
The looming modification bills are threatening to suck resources from a looming production ramp-up with more than 900 aircraft projected for delivery over the next five years, Winter says.
“We’re looking at solution spaces to give our warfighters options,” Winter says. (end of excerpt)