Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle has expressed confidence in the performance of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet as the plane approaches its international debut in three months, Reuters reported Wednesday.
Andrea Shalal writes the aircraft’s logistics system — which uses software to plan missions, schedule flights and take care of other daily operational tasks of the F-35 program — has been undergoing updates following recommendations from a Navy security review in 2012.
Schmidle, deputy director of the Pentagon’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, said Lockheed and the Defense Department‘s F-35 program office are jointly working on the update.
“Based on the amount of attention that it’s getting, I’m very confident that it will be able to support (the F-35s) right now,” he told an Association of the U.S. Navy event.
“There an awful lot of attention and lot of focus on it,” he said. “We all know what has to happen.”
Three F-35 warplanes will make their first appearance overseas in two U.K. air shows slated for this summer.