Top Pentagon civilian and military officials continue to express optimism over reaching the in-service deadlines of mid-2015 for the U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B and mid-2016 for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A. Concern, however, still looms over a plan to reach initial operational capability (IOC) for the F-35C, designed for aircraft carrier suitability, in 2018. Meanwhile, the U.K. plans for initial service for its F-35Bs in 2018. At issue for that goal are projected challenges with ...

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