• The program should be restructured and provided with the additional resources required to deliver its “sorely needed” full warfighting capability, according to the Pentagon’s director of operational testing and evaluation. Credit: Lockheed Martin.
    The program should be restructured and provided with the additional resources required to deliver its “sorely needed” full warfighting capability, according to the Pentagon’s director of operational testing and evaluation. Credit: Lockheed Martin.
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The Chief Pentagon weapons tester has again signalled his concerns over the progress and readiness of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter for initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E).

In a memo sent to US Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall (who spoke at this year’s ADM Congress), the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) J Michael Gilmore was critical of continued schedule delays, insufficient testing progress and other major systems challenges.

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