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DoD Begins F-35 Formal Field Testing

The U.S. military started field testing all F-35 aircraft variants and expects to finish this summer, Reuters reported Friday.

The combat condition tests are intended to assess the operational capacity of F-35 weapon systems. Bloomberg government reported that the field testing of the Lockheed Martin-made aircraft will last for a year, following a 15-month delay caused by extended flight and software tests. In a statement, the Department of Defense said it will use the field testing phase's data as basis for what would lead to the aircraft's full production. 

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