In Flight Radar Restart F-35 Glitch

The Defense Department’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has hit another major technical glitch.


The blame falls on a problem that surfaced last year – radar stability. Major General Jeffrey Harrigian, the Pentagon’s F-35 integration office chief, said that the pilots would “get a signal that says either a radar degrade or a radar fail -- something that would force us to restart the radar,” and they would have to turn the system on and off in flight.


According to The Fiscal Times, Manufacturer Lockheed Martin “discovered the root cause” and are now “in the process of making sure they take that solution and run it through the [software testing] lab,” and will have the fix for the bug “delivered to the Air Force at the end of the month.”


The Fiscal Times adds that “the Air Force hopes to declare IOC (initial operational capability) sometime this fall but if ironing out the latest snag takes longer than expected, that date could be pushed into 2017.”

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