Lockheed Martin, designers of the super-expensive F-35 fighter jet, is working on a system claimed to reassure foreign customers that the US won't be able to read their pilots' personal data.
According to Flight Global, Lockheed Martin is working on a sovereign data gateway SDG to reassure F-35 customers that the US won't be reading every single detail of what they do with their jets after they've been delivered.
The SDG's existence was revealed in an update posted to the US Federal Business Opportunities website, which is password protected.
The F-35's ALIS Autonomic Logistics Information System keeps track of a wealth of data about each and every F-35, from the health of the aircraft's flight systems to pilots' flight plans and more.
The idea of ALIS is that it automatically orders spare parts, reminds maintainers when life-limited components need replacing and gives air forces an overview of their aircraft.
Other nations buying the F-35 include the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, Israel, Canada, Norway, South Korea, Denmark, Italy, Japan – and Turkey.