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F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities

By Bloomberg

February 3, 2021

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The Pentagon is consulting with U.S. universities to evaluate software on aerospace company Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet in the hope of correcting the buggy system.

The F-35 program's Laura Seal said software experts at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, and the Georgia Institute of Technology Research Institute are conducting an independent technical assessment.

The $398-billion F-35 program involves Lockheed fighter jets equipped with more than 8 million lines of code each.

Seal said the program office will analyze the assessment as part of "a broad range of information," then announce dates for program milestones, including simulated combat testing to rate the F-35's performance against the latest Russian and Chinese aircraft and air defenses.

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