While Japan expects to receive its first F-X fighters for training in 2016, flight test leaders in the U.S. and U.K. are concerned that the F-35 will not meet its 2015 target for starting initial operational test and evaluation, which would delay the completion of certificated training plans and syllabi. A high-level Pentagon “quick look review” (QLR) panel, chartered to address those concerns, has recommended that current plans to accelerate production from 2013 onward be made ...

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