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Lockheed’s F-35s Get a Flawed $14 Billion Software Upgrade

  • Pentagon testing office says software is ‘immature, deficient’
  • Flaws in updates of fighter jet’s software date back to 2020
An F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.
An F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg
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A $14 billion Pentagon software upgrade for F-35 jets is being installed on planes that are already deployed even though it’s “immature, deficient and insufficiently tested,” according to a new assessment by the military’s testing office.

Aircraft operators “identified deficiencies in weapons, fusion, communications and navigation, cybersecurity and targeting processes that required software modification and additional time and resources, which caused delays,” according to the 13-page assessment in the testing office’s annual report, which will soon be released.