The Pentagon and Lockheed Are Fighting Over Who Really Owns the F-35's Buggy Computers
More bad news for the trillion-dollar stealth fighter jet?
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More bad news for the trillion-dollar F-15 stealth fighter jet?
November 17, 2019 - by by Sebastien Roblin for nationalinterest.org
The U.S. military sees the Lockheed F-35 Lightning as representing a new paradigm of air warfare. The new tactical jet fighter controversially trades in some of the raw agility of preceding fourth-generation jet fighters in favor of capabilities emphasizing stealth, and reliance upon networked computers and powerful long-range sensors and missiles.
the Defense Department's desire to directly implement fixes of bugs in the F-35 is running afoul of Lockheed's sweeping proprietary ownership of those digital support systems and the data they're recording.
Only Israel has received permission to install an overarching software shell "on top" of the jet's computer in its customized F-35I fighters. Still, some will argue deeper privatization of jet fighter operations is unobjectionable if it delivers services more cheaply and efficiently than the military.
But that may not be the case in this instance. The F-35's ground-based ALIS logistical system, intended to...
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