January 27, 2014

A wing of the U.S. military is aiming to implement software needed for its fighter jets in the middle of next year, according to a published report.

By the middle of 2015, the U.S. Marine Corps is hoping its F-35 fighter jets are outfitted with the necessary software, Reuters reports. The arm of the military is leaving open the possibility of a 13-month delay augmenting issues with maintenance and reliability.

"Lieutenant General Bogdan and the F-35 program are laser- focused on delivering the Block 2B capability to the warfighter," spokesman Joe DellaVedova told the news source. "We track and review F-35 software development data religiously and we're confident we'll deliver Block 2B in time to meet the Marine Corps' needs."

The program in point, which has been subject to software unit testing, aims to equip the jet with initial combat capacities in a timely fashion.

With a $392 billion price tag, the project is putting special effort on emphasizing the importance and integrity of the software, which is considered to be the top technical risk, the spokesman told the news source.

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