Hoping for the best but planning for the worst, Air Force
officials are preparing to award L-3 Communications a contract to provide the
service with crash data extraction units for the Joint Strike Fighter, which
has never before suffered that kind of accident. The system would allow the Air
Force to extract data "down to at least the circuit board level" in case of an
F-35 crash, according to an Aug. 9 Federal Business Opportunities
posting. That contract, managed by the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at
Kirtland Air Force Base, NM, should be awarded in September.
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