The evolutions of the computer system of the F35 would make it "unstable"

The hearings of the Senate committees and the House of Representatives in the United States are, very often, the occasion to learn certain crucial information concerning the development of the current programs. But this year, it seems that the flagship program of the 2010s, the F35, is under a continuous stream of criticism and doubts, to the point that one comes to question the very sustainability of the program in the short or medium. term. The latest shocking announcement came from Raymond O'Toole Jr, the Pentagon's Acting Director of Operational Tests and Assessments, then asked about the new version of Lockheed-Martin's device, referred to as Block 4, and which must allow the aircraft to reach a first level of full operational potential.

However, according to Raymond O'Toole Jr, the task is much more difficult and complex than envisaged. Indeed, if the program plans to implement every semester a new version of the software package that powers and implements all the F35 systems, every new version comes with a huge number of problems, to the point of making the entire system unstable, and altering the proper functioning of existing systems. The problem is so serious that from now on, the Pentagon doubts being able to validate the systems in the desired schedule, and asks that the current periodicity be quite simply doubled, to allow the bugs to be corrected, and to ensure proper functioning. of each of the iterative versions before applying them to devices deployed as a unit.

According to the Pentagon, new versions of the F35 computer system would require a year of debugging and testing to be operational, and not 6 months as is the case today.

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