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Reports: Gen. Hawk Carlisle Eyes IOC for F-35A Within August-December Window

F-35The U.S. Air Force could determine an approval for initial operating capability of the service branch’s Lockheed Martin-built F-35A aircraft within the August-to-December window, Breaking Defense reported Thursday.

Colin Clark writes Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, has said he does not see a yellow flag or red flag in the program and noted that the F-35A had a “really exceptional” mission-capable rate during a Mountain Home Air Force Base engagement in June.

Defense News reported Friday Lockheed officials have also confirmed the 2.0.2 version of the Autonomic Logistics Information System will be ready in October or November.

“We’ve deployed with the current software we had and it worked,” said Carlisle.

Carlisle added Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, can approve an IOC prior to delivery of Lockheed’s ALIS logistics system.

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