This has not been a good couple of weeks for Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Late last week, the Pentagon's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) released his annual report. The F-35 section highlighted myriad problems. Then, a couple of days ago on the 16th, an F-35B at Eglin AFB, Florida, suffered a fueldraulic line failure which led the Joint Program Office to order that variant grounded. That line was connected to an actuator which moves the short take-off vertical landing aircraft's nozzle.
One thing not in the story is the F-35's vital helmet mounted display. O'Bryan said that he couldn't directly address the current issues with the helmet. But he did say that we can expect an announcement from the F-35 JPO within the next two months about where the program is on fixing the helmet. The only thing he is able to say is that a new ISIE-11 night vision camera will be cut into production in LRIP 7--which VSI had told me earlier is hoped will remedy night vision acuity problems. The ISIE-11 will be replacing the older ISIE-10 camera that is on the current jets.
This video was produced by the Naval Air Systems Command--looks like someone wanted to try out all the features on their shiny new copy of Final Cut or Avid.