F-35 Test Fleet Struggles With Low Readiness Rates As Key Deadline Approaches

The F-35 programme’s test fleet has a fully mission capable rating that is roughly 10% of its goal This could make it difficult for the Pentagon to make an educated decision on whether to enter full-rate production The Pentagon’s Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test fleet has a fully mission capable rate of 8.7%...
  • The F-35 programme’s test fleet has a fully mission capable rating that is roughly 10% of its goal
  • This could make it difficult for the Pentagon to make an educated decision on whether to enter full-rate production

The Pentagon’s Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test fleet has a fully mission capable rate of 8.7% compared to an 80% goal, causing one watchdog to question whether the programme can accomplish all of its initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) test points before the phase ends.

Dan Grazier, military fellow with the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) watchdog group in Washington, DC, said that the Pentagon plans to make its full-rate production (FRP) decision by the rapidly approaching end of fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) or early FY 2020.

Source: www.janes.com