Sitrep: F-35 upgrades aim for more compute power (and maybe new software)

Sept. 1, 2020
New processor, mission software, and a rewrite of F-35's maintenance system are due, writes Sean Gallagher for Ars Technica.

WASHINGTON - The F-35 Lightning II fighter has generated a lot of hype and a lot of hate over the past decade. But the next three years will see major changes to the aircraft that will, with any luck, at least mute some of the hate—or otherwise, just add billions more to the cost of the aircraft, writes Sean Gallagher for Ars TechnicaContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

September 1, 2020 -The F-35 has had some serious software issues since its launch. Earlier this year, the Pentagon's independent weapons tester Robert Behler said that the F-35 program's Continuous Capability Development and Delivery (C2D2) plan to update the fighter's software every six months is high risk.

“The current Continuous Capability Development and Delivery (C2D2) process has not been able to keep pace with adding new increments of capability as planned,” the office’s director wrote. “Software changes, intended to introduce new capabilities or fix deficiencies, often introduced stability problems and adversely affected other functionality.”

The upcoming Tech Refresh 3 will have add new software that will improve pilot safety, expand weapon load-out options, and improve electronic warfare capabilities. In addition, the refresh will upgrade the aircraft's core processor, and replace its big-screen display interface.

Related: The Pentagon’s weapons tester has concerns about the F-35’s new software development process

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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