U.S. Refuses to Hand Over Fighter Source Code to UK
December 11, 2006 Leave a comment
It's interesting where you see Open Source related issues pop up. I don't know enough to comment on the issue, but the general story serves to underscore just how important access to source code can be.
The UK has warned America that it will cancel its £12bn order for the Joint Strike Fighter if the US does not hand over full access to the computer software code that controls the jets.
Lord Drayson, minister for defence procurement, told the The Daily Telegraph that the planes were useless without control of the software as they could effectively be “switched off” by the Americans without warning.
That means a $25B deal will potentially fall through because of source code access.