‘Flying computer’ F-35 goes to universities for independent assessment

WASHINGTON, (BM) – Three American universities will conduct an independent technical assessment of the world’s most advanced F-35 fighter computer software. The “flying computer” will be evaluated by software experts in applied physics at Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University’s University of Software Engineering, and the Georgia Institute for Technical Research.

Not surprisingly, 8 million lines of code, such as that of a stealth fighter, will start bugging at some point. For this reason, the Pentagon has decided to turn to civil engineers for their opinion on how to prevent a larger future software problem of a nearly $ 400 million program.

After the independent evaluation, the Pentagon will set new dates for the planned programming stages of the F-35 fighter. Bloomberg claims that some of the steps will include tests of the F-35 in a too complicated simulator, which will have to assess the F-35’s capabilities for electronic warfare and countering Russian and Chinese air defense systems.

Without Secretary of Defense

Such are the expectations of Anthony Capaccio, author of the article in Bloomberg. According to him, Lloyd Austin will not participate in decision-making concerning the future of the F-35. The reason is that Austin was an employee of United Technologies Corp. – a company that manufactures engines for the F-35. Lloyd Austin has also been with the company for about nine months after merging with Raytheon Technologies Corp.

However, it is still unknown when and what decisions President Joe Biden’s new administration will take. Capaccio predicts that it will be months before the Pentagon can access all the information, which will cause delays in decision-making.

According to the Pentagon’s annual report, Washington plans to spend $ 66 billion or $ 67 billion on the fifth-generation F-35 stealth fighter jet program alone.

The first signals of problems with the F-35 came in 2019

In November 2019, the Pentagon complained of damage and defects, which are already beginning to happen often with the F-35 fighter. According to Pentagon’s military analysts, F-35 has long failed to respond to the set military capabilities and targets for their implementation.

This information is the American edition of Bloomberg and Robert Beckler’s statement, responsible for weapons testing in the United States. According to him, airplanes fail more often than acceptable and maintenance costs increase significantly.

Experts cite threats from China and Russia, and Islamic State, as the main reasons for rising F-35 spending. At least, that is the explanation given some time ago by US President Donald Trump.

In 2019, a secret report with 13 significant problems with the F-35 leaked, to which the US government did not pay much attention. This report also came from the United States and was published by the American publication DefenseNews and us.


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