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Unread post05 Feb 2021, 16:09

pron wrote:
marauder2048 wrote:They aren't really universities; they are DOD research labs (university affiliated research centers)
or FFRDCs that do model/simulation Verification, Validation, & Accreditation.

Ok, thx for a good answer. Media are just after clicks, and the stories becomes more or less crap.


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Unread post25 Feb 2021, 16:39

pron wrote:Anyone with more information about this?
The Pentagon has tapped the software expertise of three top U.S. universities to assess what still must be done to fix balky software on Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35, the costliest U.S. weapons system.

An independent technical assessment is being executed by software subject matter experts from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, according to F-35 program spokeswoman Laura Seal.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... iversities

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ts-quickly
Key Senator Urges Pentagon to Finish F-35’s Combat Tests Quickly
By Anthony CapaccioFebruary 24, 2021
    Reed anxious for final results from jet’s simulation exercise
    Armed Services chairman concerned about F-35 sustainment costs
The head of the Senate panel that authorizes military programs said he’s impatient for the Pentagon to finish rigorous combat simulation testing of the F-35 and provide an assessment of the stealthy fighter jet’s effectiveness.
“We’ve been building it” for years “and it’s still in operational testing and evaluation, and once that’s finished -- and we hope it’s finished promptly -- then we can make a much more thorough assessment of the system,” Senator Jack Reed, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said in an interview this week.
“We hope that the answer is delivered soon about the effectiveness of the F-35 and the justification for its billing as the ‘premier’ fighter aircraft of the world,” the Rhode Island lawmaker added.

Reed will have to wait a while longer.
The Pentagon’s program office is waiting for the results of an assessment by university software experts as to when the final -- and often delayed -- rigorous combat simulation phase will even begin. The testing was supposed to have occurred in December, the latest date for an exercise once planned for 2017.
The next-generation F-35 from Lockheed Martin Corp. is the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons system, costing $398 billion to develop and build the fleet. Fully assembled, it’s a flying computer, with more than 8 million lines of computer code. Along with a range of hardware issues, the jet has been plagued by software problems even as the U.S. and allied nations deploy the fighter.

An independent technical assessment is being executed by experts from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute and the Georgia Tech Research Institute. The Pentagon’s F-35 program office says the assessment is expected by Feb. 28.
The review team is assessing the status of all the elements necessary to start the combat testing in a highly sophisticated simulator to evaluate how the F-35 -- and future aircraft and electronic warfare systems -- would perform against the most advanced Russian and Chinese aircraft and air defenses.
But the F-35 program office said in a statement Tuesday that the independent assessment team’s findings won’t be publicly released. Instead, they will be incorporated by program officials into their revision of the test schedule and other milestones that will be formalized at some point in a decision memo.

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Even after the one-month test occurs, it will take an additional two to three months to transfer and analyze the data and then draft a final report for delivery to Pentagon leaders and Congress. The report is mandated by law before a decision on whether to move into full-rate production -- the most lucrative portion of the contract for Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin -- can be made.
Aside from the test report, Reed indicated he’ll be examining with more rigor the F-35’s long-term sustainment cost, which Pentagon analysts have pegged at $1.2 trillion over decades.
The cost to operate and maintain the fleet “to me, is very significant,” Reed said. Congress has traditionally focused on the price tag of a program but “not as much on sustainment, and I think the F-35 is going to force us to be much more conscious of sustainment -- on how those costs can be lowered, on how we have to look at those systems in terms of their life-cycles, not just how much it costs to build it.”
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Unread post01 Apr 2021, 06:49

SADLY or NOT the article for non-subs stops where it stops - if anyone has the rest of it please contribute. Seems serious?
US Air Force commitment to F-35A programme of record wavering
30 Mar 2021 Pat Host

"The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) commitment to buying 1,763 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs), the programme of record, is wavering over concerns about the aircraft’s high cost, sources tell Janes.

The service announced in late February that it would pursue a tactical air, or fighter, study to develop a better understanding of the advanced aircraft fleet it will need in 10–15 years. When asked if this study would make a recommendation on the F-35A programme of record, General Charles Brown, the service’s chief of staff, said ambiguously on 25 February that he asked for options including continuing to buy 1,763 aircraft as already outlined.

Gen Brown said that the intent is to continue on the number that has been laid out and use the study on how best to get there. He also said the F-35, the Pentagon’s most expensive weapon system, is the cornerstone to the future of the USAF. Service spokesperson Ann Stefanek said on 29 March that the USAF remains fully committed to the F-35 and its fifth-generation capabilities and that the programme of record remains 1,763 F-35As.

However, sources who spoke with Janes..."

Source: https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... d-wavering
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Unread post01 Apr 2021, 06:54

We've seen nothing to support. That the USAF or Government. Is wavering about buying the full number of F-35's. This is nothing more than the usual rumor or speculation...........
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Unread post05 Apr 2021, 18:58

Lockheed names new head of F-35 program
05 Apr 2021 Valerie Insinna

"WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin on April 5 appointed a new leader for the F-35 program who has experience in overseeing the jet’s sustainment enterprise, amid public criticism over the Joint Strike Fighter’s operations and maintenance costs. Effective April 12, Bridget Lauderdale will assume the role of vice president and general manager of the F-35 program. Lauderdale currently leads the F-16 and F-22 programs as head of Lockheed’s integrated fighter group.

Prior to that job, she worked as Lockheed’s vice president for the firm’s F-35 global sustainment team. She was responsible for managing the F-35 spare parts inventory, driving down the cost of operating the plane and improving aircraft availability.

As head of the F-35 program, Lauderdale will “be responsible for partnering with domestic and international customers to ensure the F-35 program delivers the most affordable fifth generation aircraft in production, advances capability through a stable modernization program; and increases availability while reducing overall operational and sustainment costs,” the company said in news release....

...Lauderdale replaces Greg Ulmer, who was appointed head of Lockheed’s aeronautics business in February....

...Additionally, Doug Wilhelm will permanently become the F-35 program’s deputy general manager, after having taken the role on an acting basis earlier this year...."

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/04 ... 5-program/
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