Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet, program manager for the F-35, also said the program now is on track. “The F-35 has schedule and budget realism now going forward,” he said. “It is transparent in the discovery and correction of issues arising in test that are typical in all fighter aircraft development.”
Venlet told the Congress members he believes the F-35 “is a critical presence in the combined force battle space. It makes many other systems and capabilities and effects better because of the presence of the F-35’s sensors.”
Venlet called the F-35 a “critical presence” to many nations, as well as being a bond of joint strength across all U.S. military services.
“It is a bond of capability and a bond economically across many nations that raises the level of technology benefit in our militaries and our industries,” he said.
Venlet called the F-35 “the best possible growth platform to incorporate future advances in weapons, sensors and networks.”
The F-35 also is an assurance to service members that “they will succeed in every mission and return home safely to their loved ones.”