F-35 reaches full-rate production benchmark

By Vanessa Montalbano / March 12, 2024 at 7:23 PM
The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter today received approval to enter milestone C, or full-rate production, marking a final step for what has become one of the Defense Department's most cost-intensive and delayed programs. The decision follows successful completion of the F-35 Combined Initial Operational Test and Evaluation and Live Fire Test and Evaluation Report, System Development and Demonstration exit criteria, according to a Pentagon news release . It comes after a March 7 meeting of the Defense Acquisition...

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