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F-35 upgrades slip to 2024, drawing lawmaker’s ire

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will receive a slate of important hardware and software upgrades known as Technology Refresh 3 a year later than originally expected, the three-star general in charge of the program told lawmakers Wednesday.

Lt. Gen. Michael Schmidt, the F-35′s program executive officer, said in a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing March 30 that the Joint Program Office now estimates TR-3 — which is intended to load the F-35 with improved displays, computer memory and processing power — will arrive in April 2024.

That would be a year later than the original due date of this April for TR-3, tactical air and…

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