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F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020

F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020 November 15, 2019

According to USNI News, US lawmakers will not authorise the Pentagon to award a multi-year contract to build F-35 unless the program solves such problems as chronic shortages of spare parts that often wear out quicker than anticipated.

Speaking during a joint hearing of two House Armed Services subcommittees, Rep. John Garamendi, chairman of the readiness subcommittee, said the F-35 program is still plagued by high operating costs, inadequate repair capacity, spare part shortages and poor reliability of replacement parts. Besides, the failure of the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) to function as planned is compounding the spare parts problems.

"I don’t see a multi-year contract going forward until the fundamental questions that have been asked thus far, and several that have not yet been put on the table have been resolved,” Garamendi said.

In parallel, the Pentagon’s head of operational test and evaluation yesterday revealed for the first time that the F-35’s Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) has been suspended, and will not resume before mid-2020 at the earliest.

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