The F-35 is nearing the end of its 16-year and roughly $60 billion development phase, with release expected this fall of the final software load that will give the stealth fighter its final warfighting capability. But the Pentagon still has significant hurdles to overcome before it can field the Joint Strike Fighter in its final warfighting form, including full use of crucial air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons. Full Capability in Sight The first aircraft equipped with an initial version ...

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