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New Record: Beleaguered F-35 Goes on Weapon-Testing Spree

With the F-35 Joint Strike fighter up and running at last, the US military is performing dozens of weapons tests to ensure the aircraft is mission-capable.

F-35's New Landing Technology May Simplify Carrier Operations

Seven Navy F-35 Joint Strike Fighters spent Monday morning in a round robin off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia.

The Master Plan to Save America's Aircraft Carriers: Aerial Refueling Drones

Kris Osborn Security, The new carrier-launched stealthy tanker, called the MQ-25A Stingray, will be designed to extend the combat range of key carrier air-wing assets such as F/A-18 Super Hornets and F-35C Joint Strike Fighters. Engineering...Show More Summary

America's F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Face Another Big Test

Dave Majumdar Security, Asia What happens when their bases come under attack?  The Pentagon will have to rely on fifth-generation fighters like the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the event of a conflict with a near-peer adversary such as Russia or China. Show More Summary

Made in Texas: Japan Releases First Photo of Troubled F-35A

As Lockheed Martin prepares to send Joint Strike Fighters to customers around the world, Japan has released a photo of its first F-35 purchase at the production facility in Texas.

Lockheed Martin Receives $1Bln to Cover F-35 Fighter Jet Production Expenses

Pentagon’s Joint Program Office spokesman Joe DellaVedova stated that Pentagon reimbursed Lockheed Martin for $1 billion that the company spent on the ninth production run of the F-35 joint strike fighter.

Dozens More F-16 Fighter Jets Could Be Heading to Tucson

Tucson stands to gain up to 48 F-16 fighter jets in the next couple of years as the Air Force makes room for the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

F-35B Stealth Fighter: How the US Marine Corps Could Dominate the Sky

Dave Majumdar Security, Yes, the Marine Corps.  With the United States Marine Corps purchasing the bulk of the Department of the Navy’s (DON) planned fleet of 680 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the service will likely form the dominant component of naval tactical aviation in the coming decades. Show More Summary

Despite Doubts, Canada Still Paying into F-35 Program | Growth in Paveway Sales Boosts Raytheon | Brexit No Impact – BAE Posts Small Revenue Rise

Americas While Canada’s government continues to flounder on its CF-18 fighter replacement, it still continues to contribute to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Since the Liberal Party’s campaign promise to ditch the F-35 and launch a new replacement competition, they continued paying $33 million into the program. Show More Summary

The Future of Warfare: Fighters and Bombers with No Pilots?

Andrew Davies, Malcolm Davis Security, Yes, it could happen.  After the Abbott government approved the purchase of 72 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), its fast jet capability was locked in for years to come. Show More Summary

Despite Tensions With US, Lockheed Prepares to Hand Over F-35s to Turkey

Despite increased tensions between Turkey and the NATO alliance and growing instability in the wake of last week’s failed coup attempt, Ankara will still receive its first two F-35 Joint Strike fighters.

Coming to Russia's Doorstep: America's Stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Dave Majumdar Security, Europe Moscow should worry.  The United States Air Force might deploy the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the Baltics for an air-policing role once the new stealth aircraft becomes operational later this year. Show More Summary

Troubled Waters: F-35 to Undergo Tests Aboard New Amphibious Ship

With plans to ultimately deploy the troubled F-35 Joint Strike fighter from sea-based platforms, the US Marine Corps is preparing to test the aircraft’s vertical lift and landing capabilities aboard the USS America.

'Massive Carnage'? Maybe Not, F-35 Fans

Throughout its development, the beleaguered F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has interested a number of global buyers. But the plane’s many setbacks, paired with international politics, could keep the aircraft from dominating the market.

Cost Cutting Plan for F-35 Fighter Jet Extended for 2 Years - Pentagon

The US Department of Defense announced in a press release that budget saving steps that have already trimmed $1 million from the estimated $100 million purchase price of a single F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have been extended for an additional two years in an attempt to contain costs of the most expensive military weapons program in history.

WATCH: Royal Navy F-35B's First Public Hover and Vertical Landing

As the F-35 joint strike fighter is delivered to partners overseas, the UK’s Royal Navy variant has conducted its first vertical landing and a surprisingly stable hover test.

F-35's Neck-Snapping Ejector Seat: Will Killer Part Be Replaced?

While the US Air Force has expressed concerns about the F-35 joint strike fighter’s dangerous ejector seat, those concerns have not reached the aircraft’s manufacturer.

Is the F-35 a Lethal 'Velociraptor' or Easy Prey for Russia or China?

Dave Majumdar Security, Who do you believe?  The United States Marine Corps’ top aviation officer offered an upbeat assessment of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to the House Armed Services Committee during his testimony on July 6. Show More Summary

More F-35 Drama: Foreign Bases Unprepared to Receive Troubled Fighter

Now that the beleaguered F-35 joint strike fighter is, according to official statements, flight ready, the US Air Force is faced with a new problem: upgrading bases abroad to accommodate the aircraft.

America's F-105 Thunderchief Fighter: The F-35 of the Vietnam War?

David Axe Security, The similarities are shocking.  The U.S. military’s new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can’t turn fast enough to defeat a much older F-16 in mock air combat, according to an official test pilot report that War Is Boring obtained. So how will F-35s?—?on track to be the U.S. Show More Summary

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