F-35 software problems

The U.S. military’s frontline F-35 fighter jet continues to face problems with key software and related issues that are delaying operational deployment, according to the Pentagon’s senior weapons tester.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    If they ever get that plane to work correctly, it will be one hell of a fighter.
    Over and under odds on if that will happen before the year 2020?

    • I could not hazard a guess.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        It’s so hard to know.
        Either it’s the greatest, most groundbreaking single leap in aviation history, or it will cause the fall of the republic and is emblematic of the very decadence of our age.
        Not many people sitting on the fence about that program.

        Then again, the V-22 Osprey had a protracted and almost 30 year development period that killed scores of Marines and aviators and is now the safest aircraft the US Marines now fly, and is ‘statistically’ credited with now having saved more lives than it killed.
        My son said his first few rides in an Osprey were just terrifying, until you got used to how they flew.

        I think we won’t really know about the F-35 for maybe another 10 years.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Since Israel has these planes on order, I’ll bet they fix the software problems first, just as they cracked the Apple encryption.

        • JoKeR

          I still suspect it is intrinsically a poor design with too little wing.

        • Minicapt

          No, their first problem is that the individual aircraft calls home to Lockheed Ops Centre on start-up. If there’s no connection, the aircraft shuts down. During the start-up call, the aircraft apparently sends select mission data back to the Ops Centre, which could allow Lockheed to shut it down if the mission didn’t pass US rules.


          • Norman_In_New_York

            I wouldn’t be surprised if they correct this malfunction as well by ghosting the startup ,code.

          • Minicapt

            Last report I saw suggested the Israelis were making their purchase contingent on getting the full source code from Lockheed. I suspect the RCAF purchase may have a similar problem.


  • Ron MacDonald

    Every new piece of equipment I used in the Military had glitches that were eventually solved, followed by a lengthy period where the equipment worked flawlessly.

  • Brett_McS

    Did they ‘upgrade’ to Windows 10?

    • JoKeR

      Nothing like hitting Mach 1.2 only to get a “blue screen” telling you to reboot the computer! 🙂

  • huron

    my 66 mustang looked great but it was a shit car

  • ntt1

    another complete failure of the elites how has such a manifestly unreliable poorly designed plane gotten this far? sheer incompetence, shielded and protected by dense layers of corrupt mandarins and they ain’t the oranges..