Lt Gen Christopher Bogdan, head of the JPO, has asked the directorate of operational test and evaluation to begin operational testing, even though
they won't have the requisite 23 aircraft with Block 3F software. He wants to start testing with the 18 aircraft they'll have, and add the other 5 as
they become available.
Bogdan testified that every month they delay, it costs $30M. If they start early, then they can retrofit any issues found quicker.
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