The F-35 Stealth Fighter Might Have Another Problem...
And no, it does not involve suffocating pilots or sci-fi line helmets.
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December 11, 2019 - by Robert Farley for nationalinterest.org
And no, it does not involve suffocating pilots or sci-fi line helmets
Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon are fighting over intellectual property (IP). If they can't resolve their dispute, it could result in delays to critical elements of the F-35 program. What's going on, and how can we solve it?
In Aviation Week, Steve Trimble, Lee Hudson and Michael Bruno describe the problem as one of ownership and contracting. LockMart claims to have developed the algorithms designed to sort and manage flight data on its own, independent of federal funding.
The government claims that the algorithms were produced as part of a government contract. Given that the data and the algorithms that massage the data are important to long-term production and sustainment of the F-35, this matters a great deal to both parties. LockMart has lost the first ruling, and is awaiting the result of an additional appeal.
Obviously, money is...
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