It’s just a glitch, people. We’re sure the Pentagon has top men on this as we speak:
Here’s an excerpt from The Daily Beast report:
“There will be no gun until [the Joint Strike Fighter’s Block] 3F [software], there is no software to support it now or for the next four-ish years,” said one Air Force official affiliated with the F-35 program. “Block 3F is slated for release in 2019, but who knows how much that will slip?”
Another Air Force official familiar with the F-35 confirmed that the jet won’t have the software to fire its gun until the Block 3F software is released to frontline squadrons sometime in 2019. Neither Lockheed nor the F-35 Joint Program Office responded to inquiries about the status of the jet’s gun.
Kind of a big deal to be called a “glitch,” no? The jet’s cannon is important as one of the F-35’s roles is close air support and guns are preferable to bombs or missiles in many of these situations.