Bloomberg: F-35 faces yet more delays due to software issues

|By:, SA News Editor

"Persistent software problems" in Lockheed Martin's (LMT) F-35 jet have slowed testing, and could further delay the fighter plane and raise costs, Bloomberg reports, citing a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The Marines want the F-35 to be ready for warfare in mid-2015, but some of the testing could be up to 13 months late. "Delays of this magnitude would mean that the Marine Corps will not likely have all of the capabilities it expects in July 2015," the GAO says. That would put "put the timely delivery of Air Force and Navy initial operating capabilities at risk."