Venlet: F-35 unlikely to achieve IOC in 2016

Vice Adm. David Venlet, head of the F-35 project, told reporters on Thursday that the initial operational capability of the jet might be after 2016.

“Our [Technical Baseline Review] schedule now shows development test completing in ’16. Realistically, I don’t see it being in ’16 for Air Force and Navy,” he said.

However, he said the program is making progress and production of new jets have stabilized.

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