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Pentagon Slams Lockheed Over F-35 – Business Insider

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

* No more money for fixing problems – Air Force Secretary

* F-35 official says Pentagon, Lockheed ties “worst” he’s ever seen

* Helmet, software, computer system said still struggling

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Pentagon officials slammed Lockheed Martin Corp’s performance on the $396 billion F-35 fighter jet program and said they would not bail out the program again if problems with the plane’s cutting-edge pilot helmet and software were not resolved.

Deputy F-35 program manager Air Force Major General Christopher Bogdan said on Monday the government’s relationship with Lockheed was the “worst I’ve ever seen” in many years of working on complex acquisition programs.

He said those tensions posed a bigger threat to the Pentagon’s biggest weapons program than even nagging problems on the plane’s software, helmet and a complex computer system that manages functions ranging from parts supply to mission planning.

The F-35 was designed to work with a sophisticated helmet that displays all the information the pilot needs to fly the plane.

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley told reporters the Pentagon had no more money to pour into the program after three costly restructurings in recent years. That meant any additional cost overruns would eat into the number of planes to be ordered, schedule delays or reduced capabilities, he said.

via Pentagon Slams Lockheed Over F-35 – Business Insider.

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