Coronavirus canceled the tests of the newest F-35 Lightning II fighter
WASHINGTON, (BM) – In the United States, the tests of the newest F-35 Lightning II fighter were canceled. The cause of the failure was called the coronavirus pandemic, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defense News.
On March 20, the US military closed access to the Edwards Air Force Base in California, where fighter models are based. Access was closed to everyone, except for local residents and personnel.
Tests of F-35, necessary to complete the trial operation of the machine, were canceled. A newspaper source also spoke about the possible suspension of testing the cybersecurity system and the JSE (Joint Simulation Environment) software required to complete the tests.
Journalists suggested that the failure of the tests will negatively affect the JSE program, the creation of which has already dragged on for several months. Due to problems with the launch of the JSE system, the Pentagon was forced to postpone the start of production of the F-35 Lightning II from December 2019 to January 2021.
The publication drew attention to the fact that the production of components for the latest fighter at factories in Italy and Japan was previously suspended. Extraordinary measures have been taken in connection with the outbreak of coronavirus disease and the ensuing pandemic.
The name F-35 Lightning II unites the fifth generation fighter-bomber family developed by the American company Lockheed Martin. The debut flight of the first version of the F-35 took place in 2006, in May 2011, the first production aircraft was transferred to the US Air Force.
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