It flies, and it snoops: Norway's pricey F-35s caught sending 'sensitive data' to US
Date Written: 25/11/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Norway's new F-35 fighter jets boast an impressive array of high-tech gadgetry, but Norwegian defense officials were surprised to learn of one unadvertised feature: the pricey plane relays sensitive data back to its US manufacturer, Lockheed Martin.
Norway is the first foreign country to acquire the F-35 mission data file from the US Air Force's (USAF) 53rd Electronic Warfare Group's Partner Support Complex -- software which allows the aircraft to perform its primary missions and provides the pilot with "an extraordinary situational awareness". But Norwegian defense officials soon discovered that their fancy fleet of F-35s also automatically transmit sensitive data to Lockheed Martin's servers in Fort Worth, Texas, after each flight.
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