Or maybe not, since the program isn't healthy and is on the road to delivering an obsolete combat capability. "On-track" as they say.
And the DOD boss Mr. Panetta proves he is poorly advised and out of the loop. No clue-train for him.
“This is a remarkable airplane,” he said. “It really does the job well.”
Unproven and unrealistic assessment on his part.
"DoD officials today are trying to understand all the “issues involved” with reducing its costs and getting the advertised performance."
Does the current production plan look like this? No? Then all the gross assumptions about "affordability" and capability are long off the table.
Great timing on the week of the official announcement of the replacement helmet which offers less capability including no DAS.