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The US will classify the data of the F-35, even for "loyal allies"

The Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN) has advantages over the Autonomic Logistics Information System ALIS, Breaking Defense reports, citing the Pentagon.

The publication reminds us that at present the fifth-generation fighters F-35 Lightning II receive ODIN instead of ALIS. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the basic set ODIN is 30 percent cheaper, 75 percent smaller, and 90 percent lighter than that of ALIS. One of the main differences between the former and the latter is said to be the use of cloud technology in ODIN, allowing developers to quickly add software updates. The disadvantages of the new system are its great openness, which theoretically increases the risks of unauthorized access.

The publication notes that the U.S. is likely to gain an advantage in using ODIN over other “staunch allies.” “While the secret parts of each country's [fighter jet] device are classified, it has long been suspected that U.S. aircraft have capabilities that other countries cannot boast. And allowing other countries to view your plane's planning, flight, and maintenance data may be excessive, even for loyal allies,” the publication wrote.

In January 2020, Reuters reported that the ALIS of the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet will be replaced by ODIN. The reason for replacing ALIS is cited as numerous implementation problems concerning, among other things, compatibility and excessive complexity of the software operation. ODIN, like ALIS, will provide, inter alia, operational information on the technical status and combat effectiveness of the fighter, as well as logistical data on access to components for its maintenance and repair.

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