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James Lackey: Army’s AMRDEC Org to Evaluate F-35’s Safety Features

F-35The U.S. Army‘s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center is set to conduct an independent review of the F-35 fighter aircraft’s safety software metrics, design and specifications.

AMRDEC will assess an integrated operational flight program system designed to manage F-35 propulsion, autonomic logistics and weapon systems, the Army said Tuesday.

“The F-35 has over 24 million lines of code and is clearly the most complex weapons system ever designed by the Defense Department,” said James Lackey, acting AMRDEC director.

A Lockheed Martin-led industry team is contracted to build conventional takeoff and landing, aircraft carrier, and short takeoff and vertical landing variants for the U.S. military.

AMRDEC has evaluated software systems on UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook aircraft as well as on Sentinel radar and Hellfire missile platforms.

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