>US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess
>Tests jettisoned to protect schedule
>The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) remains the problem child of the US military, with some operational tests abandoned in 2014, and buggy software proving a headache.
>The US military's Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) has released its latest annual report, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter chapter describes the Department of Defense's efforts in trying to get the project back somewhere close to schedule.
>To avoid a cascading series of delays that would have stretched into 2016, the project abandoned an Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE) planned in April 2014 for the Marines' Block 2B configuration of the aircraft.
Am I reading this right? The software has bugs, so it limits flying time, so it limits testing, so they're reducing the number of tests it has to make to qualify?
That's like going "QA is identifying a lot of bugs. QA are a problem. Fire QA. There we go. No more bug reports.".
This'll end as well as it has gone so far - I wonder how many pilots will need to die from malfunctioning hardware and software for them to consider a different course of action.
I'm convinced that this plane is named F-35 because it will become fully operation by the end of 2035. So many damn showstoppers! Disaster.
After hearing so much bullshit about the F-35 from people who genuinely believe that the US needs to start rolling out new Skyraiders I'm inclined to believe that somebody found a moth in the F-35's cockpit and the press ran with it as "BUG FOUND IN THE F-35: NEW AIRPLANE IS BUGGIEST SHIT EVER."
>Am I reading this right? The software has bugs, so it limits flying time, so it limits testing, so they're reducing the number of tests it has to make to qualify?
There's easy things and hard things in the development program - IIRC, the majority of the tests they're removing are in weapons separation.
It's like if you're building a robot; you've tested how it walks and it walks pretty much like your simulations said it'd walk. The machine vision however isn't working as intended, so you decide to cut away testing that had it walking on 20 different types of carpet, and do more tests on the vision system.
An article (filled with bizarre assumptions like "the Gripen is equal to the F-22 because they have a similar turning radius") written by some guy trying to promote his book is not a report.
It's fake, but I can dream right?
It's an F-35C conducting departure / high angle of attack testing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6XofdlfJ0k
That 'smoke' is just a contrail / condensation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrail#Condensation_from_engine_exhaust
Truly only idiots would copy a design so instinctively flawed. If America followed China's lead, then the F-35 would've been closer to the J-31 and a lot better, but it's copying China so they better pay royalty.
>The black smoke is just contrails, there is nothing to worry about
Please do tell how that dark smoke is made from just water crystals, I'm intrigued.
And no, I'm not saying F-35 should be canceled just because its engine runs rich and smokes a bit at adverse intake conditions to keep the turbine from stalling.
The PAK FA is an air superiority fighter. The F-35 is an all-purpose "workhorse" fighter. So much of the controversy is just based on people not understanding what the role of the F-35 is.
As far as we can tell, the F-35 can legitimately fly pretty great. It has a ton of thrust behind it and it is phenomenally controllable even at extremely high angles of attack.
And it will only get better as more programming restraints are loosened as we get closer and closer to full-rate production in 2019.
I'm wondering what the cost is to do that kind of thing.
Its not designed to get up close and personal post merge, but It would be neat to know what kind of stamina it would have pulling those kinds of moves, or if its pushing the engine to near full power and can only manage 10 minutes or so
Storm clouds are all smoke from the government! You heard it here first!!!
>That said, if the F-35 is fighting in the merge, AWACs, the other pilots, and that pilot fucked up hard.
ROEs or exigent circumstances will make that happen sooner rather than later, and it doesn't mean they fucked up. Thankfully the F-35 is on par with F-18 in terms of maneuverability, if not better. At realistic combat loads, it's actually more maneuverable than F-18 or F-16.
>Doesn't know what a lifting body is
All softwares in modern fighters have bugs and quirks. It's just too many variables and different systems that needs to cooperate with different subsystems at different times under different circumstances. It's extremely complex and it never gets perfect.
The most stringent ROE only calls for visual ID - something the F-35 can still do at BVR ranges - it'll be even better with Advanced EOTS.