F-35 program 'on right track', director says

Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program’s top official at the Pentagon, told a House Armed Services Committee panel on April 14 that despite setbacks, the program is on the right track to meet its delivery goals, and is steadily improving.

From DoD News coverage:

Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan updated members of the committee’s tactical air and land forces subcommittee on the F-35 program as part of the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget request.

“Our overall assessment is we’re making slow but steady progress on all fronts, and each day, the program is improving,” Bogdan said. “This is not to say that we don’t have some risks, challenges and difficulties, but I’m confident we’ll be able to overcome these problems and deliver on our commitments.”

That progress covers development, flight training, production, maintenance and the standup of the global sustainment enterprise, he said.

Bogdan also said the program is nearing completion of its flight testing to field initial warfighting capabilities, even though certain software issues and other issues have created delays.

View full Air Force coverage of Lt. Gen. Bogdan’s testimony, and click here to access video of Bogdan responding to questioning from Armed Services Committee members.