No wonder they're pushing the ISD for CVF back! Joint Strike Fighter F-35 Replan Adds Time, Resources For Development Testing Aviation Week & Space Technology Feb 07 , 2011 , p. 25 Graham Warwick Washington Amy Butler Washington Much development and most testing still lie ahead for F-35 program Hurdles Ahead Details of the revamped F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program are emerging and showing that, despite more than nine years of work, almost six years of challenging development and testing still lie ahead for the Lockheed Martin-led project. Both flight testing and software development have been replanned using industry-standard productivity rates rather than the aggressiveand unachievableassumptions on which the original program was built. This means many more sorties to refly flight-sciences test points and for regression testing of mission-system software changes. The replan adds 2,000 flights to the programfor a total of 7,800, just 600 of which have been completedand extends development testing to October 2016. In addition to more refly and regression flights, the new plan adds sorties for test-pilot training and builds in a 500-flight margin for unexpected flight-sciences and mission-system issues. Early Warning on JSF Delays Posted by Bill Sweetman at 2/7/2011 10:01 AM CST This morning, Graham Warwick and Amy Butler's story on detailed changes to the F-35 flight test program goes live on the Check Six page. Highlights: Development testing is not now due to be completed until October 2016, completion being marked by the end of testing on Block 3 software. The new program will include 7,800 flights, restoring the 2,000 test sorties that the JSF Program Office cut in 2007. See the full story for more detail. In total, this represents a five-year delay since the program started. To take a more recent benchmark: in September 2008, the schedule called for Block 3 development testing to be finished in mid-2013, five years away. Today, that milestone is more than five-and-a-half years off: in short, the JSF program has gone six to nine months backwards in just over two years.