Quality Assurance Assessment of the F-35 Lightning II Program

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 1, 2013

DOD IG – Quality Assurance Assessment of the F-35 Lightning II Program – September 30 2013. DODIG-2013-140 (Project No. D2012-DT0TAD-0003.000)

“Findings: The F-35 Program did not sufficiently implement or flow down technical and quality management system requirements to prevent the fielding of nonconforming hardware and software. This could adversely affect aircraft performance, reliability, maintainability, and ultimately program cost. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (Lockheed Martin) and its subcontractors did not follow disciplined AS9100 Quality Management System practices, as evidenced by 363 findings, which contained 719 issues.”

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