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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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."

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Unread post18 Oct 2018, 02:43

Heading into F-35 operational tests, threat of delays loom [LOOMin' in the GLOOMin']
17 Oct 2018 Valerie Insinna

"WASHINGTON — The F-35 is set to move into operational testing next month — a major milestone that precedes the Pentagon’s decision on whether to begin full-rate production of the jet — but there are already signs that it may not be able to complete testing on time....

...The Pentagon is aiming to wrap up initial operational test and evaluation, or IOT&E, on schedule in July 2019 despite a two-month delay in starting the tests, according to a Sept. 14 PowerPoint presentation by F-35 test director Air Force Col. Varun Puri, which Defense News obtained.... [start dat serch NOW]

...Puri’s presentation specifies a Nov. 13 target date for the F-35 to begin the formal IOT&E process....

...While a short deferment of a couple days or a couple weeks is usually not a significant barrier — and could turn out inconsequential in the F-35 program’s case [PHEW] — the test plan does not leave much room to absorb delays.

The Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team, or JOTT, still believes it can complete IOT&E by the original July 2019 goal, but only by “reducing re-fly assumptions and assuming more risk” — or in layman’s terms, lowering its estimates of how many tests it will need to redo in order to complete the test program and leaving little margin for flight cancellations due to weather or other factors.

In the “worst case scenario,” completion of operational testing could occur as late as Sept. 2019, which could add budget pressure to the program, Puri’s presentation said. It’s unclear what form those budget pressures would take. “IOT&E is fully funded through September, if required,” said DellaVedova, but the JPO did not respond to a question on whether additional funding would be needed if testing slipped even further, into the new fiscal year starting on Oct. 1.

When asked about the specific types of risk the Pentagon will assume in order to complete IOT&E on time, the JPO did not provide specifics, saying that it was up to the JOTT and the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation to lay out the schedule. “Operational testing will be executed in the most expeditious and efficient manner possible, while ensuring test adequacy is met, with continuous assessments of progress toward test objectives based on collected data,” DellaVedova said.

The formal IOT&E period was initially scheduled to begin Sept. 15, but was pushed back two months to allow for the delivery of the latest version of software, called 30R02.03. Robert Behler, the director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E), said in an Aug. memo that the new software was needed to correct deficiencies with the F-35’s Air-to-Air Range Infrastructure system, which will allow testers to evaluate the jet during range-based testing....

...Earlier this month, the Defense Department’s top acquisition official — Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment — certified that the F-35 was ready to begin IOT&E, concurring with the F-35 joint program office’s recommendation to start testing in mid-November, said her spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews in a statement. The decision was made after an Oct. 2 operational test readiness review.

Currently, the Defense Department is slated to make a decision on full rate production by the end of 2019, but IOT&E activities will need to be complete before a declaration is made."

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Unread post04 Nov 2018, 06:01

F-35 WINS UNDER LATEST DEFENSE BILL
SPENDING ON THE RISE AS FY2019 BUDGET ADDS MORE FIGHTERS
Dec 2018 Combat Aircraft Magazine

"THE RECENTLY APPROVED FISCAL Year 2019 defense appropriations bill added $4.8 billion for military aircraft procurement above the original presidential request and now totals $43 billion. The budget provides an additional $1.7 billion for F-35 procurement, which resulted in the authorization to purchase 16 additional fighters from Lockheed Martin under lot 13. They comprise eight F-35As, two F-35Bs and six F-35Cs. Additionally, it authorizes the use of F-35 funds to modify up to six aircraft, including two jets of each variant, to test configuration at around $5 million each.

The USAF is considering stationing additional F-35As — including up to 24 Block 3F variants — at Eglin AFB, Florida, beginning in 2020. The Lightning IIs that are currently assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing’s 58th Fighter Squadron are among the oldest in service. The wing has 25 Lightning IIs assigned, but all are equipped with Block 2B-standard software rather than the latest Block 3F version. Plans originally called for Eglin to be home to up to 59 USAF F-35A, US Marine Corps F-35B and US Navy F-35C variants in training units. However the marines moved to MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, and navy training will be phased out at Eglin next year. The navy’s departure opens the door for the USAF to assign up to 34 further F-35As to Eglin.

Meanwhile, at Edwards AFB, California, the F-35 will begin initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) on November 13. Its successful completion will allow the F-35 to enter full-rate production. The Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team (JOTT) approved the move on September 23 and the approval of the under-secretary of defense followed on October 2."

Photo: "Frank Crébas/Bluelife Aviation"

Source: COMBAT Aircraft Magazine December 2018 Vol.19 No.12
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