It is that time of year; where the DOD and the Hill argue over budgets.
The F-35 program needs public relations. Badly.
What to do? Perform some photo shoots for the A and B model showing dummy missiles, real racks and pylons.
Here is the latest including the missionized gun pod shape.
One could be forgiven for thinking these are warplanes and the program is making significant progress. They would be mistaken.
It is interesting to note that any LRIP aircraft done before batch 6 are junk. They do not have the hardware to drive the final Block 3 software.
Then there are those problems.
Which might not see a fix until LRIP-8.
And at what price and actual worth?