posted on Dec, 23 2012 @ 01:27 PM
reply to post by allenidaho
A number of those problems have been rectified or are in the process of being rectified. And many of them at Lockheed's expense.
The two biggest problems remaining are the helmet, and ALIS. The helmet suffers from latency issues, as well as a green glow around the edges. LM is
working with BAE to come up with an interim helmet that's not as advanced, but that can be used until the IAI helmet is complete.
ALIS suffers from the fact that you can gain access to the classified side of things through the unclassified side of things. The Marines have come
up with a solution for that problem for now. They simply put a bubble between the two sides, so that they are no longer virtually connected to each
The fuel dump had a fix in the first quarter of this year.
The arresting hook has been redesigned and underwent Critical Design Review in 4Q this year. They moved the center of gravity lower, and redesigned
the hold down damper.
The flight test program has been moving along nicely, and shipboard testing has been completed with the B model, and the A model has reached 50
degrees AOA as required.
The software has over 24 million lines of code. You're going to have issues, but they are working on fixes to them.
The F-35B has had no problems with hovering or with vertical flight after a few changes to the engine and lift fan system. They cut 3,000lbs from the
B model during a design review in 2005.
Most of these problems are from over a year ago, and they have been actively working on fixes for all of them. Just about all of them have been
fixed, or are close to having fixes.