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F-35 on time to deliver global security, Air Force official said

Air Force Link // September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Work leading up the completion of the multinational F-35 program is largely on track, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office executive officer said in remarks during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition here Sept. 15.

Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan reported steady progress across all elements of the program, though he acknowledged lags in some aspects due to development and testing complexities. 

“If we’re going to deliver a total weapons system to partners and to the services,” Bogdan said, “we’ve got to take a holistic weapons system approach wherever it matters, not just on the airframe.”

Bogdan credits program re-baselining in 2012 in helping to establish realistic objectives and timelines for completion of development and testing. Program delays like the engine issue that caused a fire in June do not, he said, necessarily translate into a major breach in the program.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Michael J. Pausic.