ALIS through the looking glass: F-35 jet's slurpware nearly made buyers pull out – report | 6/14/2019 | Staff
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The F-35 fighter jet project has been hit by yet another set of controversies including a kerfuffle over US data-slurping, flight control problems and its stealth coating melting at supersonic speeds.

Once described by The Register as the ultimate vendor lock-in project, the F-35 is sold by Lockheed Martin as a package: not only do you buy the jets and their associated spares and training packages, you also buy its Autonomous Logistics Information System (ALIS).

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ALIS is a spares and training management package. It tracks the state of the aeroplanes themselves, interfaces with onboard diagnostic systems to check system and component health, and orders spare parts as and when needed. As you can imagine, having access to ALIS gives you an instant and incredibly detailed picture of whether an F-35 squadron is capable of flying and fighting – or not.

Naturally, some countries buying the F-35 aren't happy about this. And US news outlet Defense News exclusively reported that not only are problems with ALIS still rolling on, years after they were first spotted and bug-reported, but a number of countries threatened to pull out altogether unless the US developed a product to stop critical data from being sent back to America.

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The product, called Sovereign Data Management (SDM), acts in conceptual terms like a firewall and stops detailed mission planning data from being sent to the US. The report also stated that next year's planned release of ALIS, v3.6, is expected to have this filtering baked in.

The publication named Israel, Italy, Norway and the UK as users of SDM. It...
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