F-35 operational test delayed until latest software delivers

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Unread post13 Sep 2018, 01:37

F-35 operational testing delayed until latest software delivers
12 Sep 2018 Valerie Insinna

"WASHINGTON — The F-35 fighter jet was slated to fly into operational testing this month, but that entry date will be pushed back a couple months as the Pentagon’s independent weapons tester waits for the latest software to be delivered.

Robert Behler, the Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation, has delayed the start of the F-35’s initial operational test and evaluation, or IOT&E, until his office gets the newest software release — a version of the jet’s 3F software known as 30R02 — according to an Aug. 24 memorandum obtained by the Project on Government Oversight.

Earlier this year, the DOT&E office began some testing of the F-35 prior to the official start of IOT&E using the stealth fighter’s 30R00 software, which is currently operational on the newest Joint Strike Fighters. That version was sufficient for those initial tests, which involved two-ship missions taking on low-end threats, Behler stated.

“Software version 30R02, which is fielding in the next two months, provides the latest instantiation of operationally relevant and production representative aircraft software that will better support the required testing to adequately address the remaining mission areas,” including air interdiction, offensive counter air, suppression of enemy air defenses and electronic attack, according to Behler.

If the software is delivered by October, as Behler seems to predict in his memo, IOT&E could potentially start around the November time frame. The Pentagon is expected to make a decision on whether to move the F-35 into full-rate production by October 2019, the Government Accountability Office wrote in a June 2018 report.

Behler goes on to say that the 30R00 contains deficiencies with regard to the Air-to-Air Range Infrastructure system — which allows for range-based testing and training — that are fixed in 30R02. “AARI must be functioning adequately to ensure test results are accurate, understandable and defensible. Changing AARI software versions in the midst of IOT&E could potentially result in inconsistencies in data collection and affect the validity and adequacy of the test and evaluation," Behler noted."
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Source: https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/09 ... -delivers/
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Unread post13 Sep 2018, 03:00

Saw this and laughed. Good to know but only newsworthy to clickbait sites, faux military reformers and generic haters.
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Unread post13 Sep 2018, 08:58

smsgtmac wrote:Saw this and laughed. Good to know but only newsworthy to clickbait sites, faux military reformers and generic haters.
'Evergreen' Bottom Line: Status quo unchanged. :wink:

I'm also suspicious as hell of POGO, but just for the sake of the argument - if the IOT&E still ends about a year after it's official start (November 2019), wouldn't it count as a delay?
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Unread post13 Sep 2018, 13:51

There will probably be some SNAFU in IOT&E leading POGO et al to scream the F-35 doesn't work, is susceptible to this or that, and SHOULD not be put into full rate production... but that the fixes are too expensive and, so, just cancel the F-35 and save money by buying F-15X and F-16V, and, of course more super dupers...

Meanwhile, in the ME... the Marines... not having gotten the memo... will be blowing the snot out of targets and generally wiping the floor (or sand) with the Bee... because Iran or Syria or somebody did something stoopid...
Take an F-16, stir in A-7, add dollop of F-117 & gob of F-22, sprinkle with AV-8B, stir well, then bake. Whaddya get? An F-35.
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Unread post14 Sep 2018, 16:15

Pentagon delays F-35 IOT&E owing to software issues
13 Sep 2018 Pat Host

"...The next version of the F-35’s operating software, known as 30R02 and scheduled to be fielded in the next two months, should enable the aircraft to perform several key combat missions, including strategic attack, air interdiction, offensive counter air, and electronic attack.

Behler [Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E)] also declares that the programme uses the same version of AARI software throughout formal IOT&E. The currently fielded F-35 software, known as 30R00, has deficiencies with AARI that are addressed in the follow-up software 30R02. AARI, he said, must be functioning adequately to ensure test results are accurate, understandable, and defendable.

“Changing AARI software versions in the midst of IOT&E could potentially result in inconsistencies in data collection and affect the validity and adequacy of the test and evaluation,” Behler warned.

Grazier [POGO military fellow] said AARI is the system at the test ranges that simulates enemy missile shots. He said to be consistent with testing purposes, the same software must be used to control the variable throughout the testing process. If not, testers will not be able to properly evaluate the F-35 because it will have a different variable involved."

Source: https://www.janes.com/article/82969/pen ... are-issues
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