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According to a report written by Reuters, the Pentagon is cutting the operating costs of the F35 more than 20%. This could potentially increase the international orders and get a breath to the JSF program that had suffered a lot of controversial. In the case of the F35B version, the amount of estimated cost per hour of operation was calculated to 41.000$ and it would be reduced to 37.000$.
- Lessons learned and the positives risks of hte JSF competition program.
- A few details of the ongoing F35 procurement plan, extracted of the US Congress’ Government Accountability Office (GAO) JSF Report issued on June 2012.
- The software growth on the F35 program. And a little pill about the C++ coding guide for the aircraft computers.
In the first post (On Project Management and Joint Strike Fighter Program (part I)) I introduced the JSF contract competition and I started to talk about Project management thoughts related to the Nova documentary about the JSF program. In this post I would like to continue with it.
Writing as a scriptwriter of interlaced movies, I move forward in this story to talk about the present situation of the F35 program:
- In a report, issued by the Government Accountability Office (they work for the US Congress) on june 2012, the estimated cost of one F35 unit raised from $69 millions, not the objective of JSF to cost the third of the $100 million F22 unit costs, raised to $133 million! one third more of the F22.
- Problems with stakeholders realtionship, between Lockheed Martin and DoD is awful. The Joint Program Office (JPO) Manager, a two-star general, said “The relationship between Lockheed Martin, the JPO, and the stakeholders is the worst I’ve ever seen — and I’ve been in some bad ones”.
- Problems with software and the helmet. This plane is too advanced that about 12 million lines of code (mainly C++) and the complexity of the helmet device make this beauty aircraft a real headache for everybody.
- In 2006 it is planned to procure 1.591 units, now the number decreases to….365.