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DOT&E: F-35 development 'problems' could delay key testing to 2020

January 10, 2017 |
Jason Sherman
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Mounting difficulties in developing the Joint Strike Fighter program threaten to delay the start of initial operational testing for the stealthy combat jet well beyond the newly established 2018 target, potentially forcing the Pentagon to wait until early 2020 to commence the all-important evaluation of Lockheed Martin's F-35, according to the U.S. military's top weapons tester. J. Michael Gilmore, Pentagon director of operational test and evaluation -- who previously warned F-35 initial operational testing faced development challenges that could push...

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