By Walt Hickey F-35 The Pentagon’s testing office reports that the F-35 fighter jet currently has 871 software and hardware deficiencies, which is down from the 873 flaws inventoried last year. Granted, it’s down a bunch from the 941 flaws observed at the end of its development and demonstration phase in April 2018, and only 10 of the unresolved problems are considered critical to the point that they could put pilots or aircraft in danger, but that’s a lot of problems. That said, even though it’s able to continue functioning despite an enormous number of problems under the hood — including some pretty significant ones, and with barely any improvement on the overwhelming majority of the outstanding issues over the past year — I personally refuse to accept that a fighter jet can be “relatable.”
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