Americas The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is one more weapons delivery accuracy (WDA) test away from having its initial operating capability (IOC) declared for its Block 3F software. The news comes after a surge by the F-35 Developmental Test team in early August, which saw multiple test events accomplished over the course of a number […]
Americas The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Lockheed Martin a $24.1 million contract modification for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter logistics services for US and foreign military sales customers. Under the terms of the agreement, Lockheed Martin will provide material for depot stand-up and activation, canopy systems and avionics subsystems to the US Air […]
Americas The US DoD has granted Lockheed Martin a $3.7 billion interim payment for 50 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that are earmarked for non-US program members. The deal will allow Lockheed to continue production of the F-35 jets while it finalizes the terms of the 11th contract with the Pentagon and includes one F-35B aircraft […]
Dave Majumdar Security, When will it be ready? The Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet has accumulated over 100,000 flight hours as development of the stealthy new fighter approaches the finish line. Contractor Lockheed Martin expects that it will complete development work on the full Block 3F configuration by the end of the year. Show More Summary
Americas Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $5.6 billion contract modification to an existing contract for Lot 11 low-rate acquisition of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The US Navy contract modification provides for the procurement of 74 fiscal 2017 aircraft, comprised of 48 F-35A aircraft for the Air Force, 18 F-35B aircraft for the Marine […]
Sandra Erwin Security, Will the drama ever end? It is a question that has nagged the Pentagon for years: At what point will the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter be out of the woods? Developing the world’s most advanced fighter jet has been a hard, expensive slog for the Department of Defense. Show More Summary
For years I’ve watched from a distance as our military services struggled to bring forth a 5th Generation, Joint Strike Fighter. As with all new major weapons developments this one has had plenty of naysayers and numerous setbacks during its creation. Most of the criticism has come from former military pilots who could not envision […]
The long-awaited Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter put on quite a show.
The Air Force has grounded all F-35 Joint Strike Fighter operations at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, over hypoxia-related issues.
Dave Majumdar Security, Get ready, China and North Korea. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility rolled out the first Japanese-assembled F-35A Joint Strike Fighter earlier today in a ceremony attended by U.S. Show More Summary
Dave Majumdar Security, Their "skin". While pilots of advanced fifth-generation fighters like the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor or the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter often claim the spotlight, it is the ground crews who maintain those jets’ pristine surfaces that are often the real heroes. Show More Summary
UPGRADES: Pratt & Whitney pitches souped up version of the F-35 engine. “It’s very attractive to the JSF [joint strike fighter] program for several reasons,” Bromberg told journalists during a media day in West Palm Beach, Florida. “It’s very common, so we could drop this upgrade into any one of the three variants. It would […]
Kris Osborn Security, And avoid Chinese "carrier-killer" missiles. The Navy is preparing to launch an industry competition for a first-of-its-kind, cyber-hardened unmanned aerial refueling drone for eventual service on an aircraft carrier...Show More Summary
Kris Osborn Security, The AIM-9X missile, which can also be fired at surface-to-air and air-to-surface, is currently in use on a number of existing fighter aircraft such as the Air Force’s F-15E and F-16 and the Navy’s F-18 Super Hornet. The...Show More Summary
The Air Force wants to add 4,000 airmen, buy 46 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and keep bonuses relatively unchanged despite a pilot shortage, according to its fiscal 2018 budget request.
Robert Farley Security, Boeing's X-32. Chosen in 2001, the F-35 went on to become the largest Pentagon procurement project of all time, and one of the most beset by trouble. The X-32 escaped all of the most significant challenges to the F-35. Show More Summary
Dave Majumdar Security, But by the end of the year that will change. The United States Air Force is currently operating interim Block 3i configuration Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters with limited capabilities. To unlockShow More Summary
Americas The F-35B Joint Strike Fighter has successfully completed airborne gunfire testing by the US Marine Corps Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons ‘Integrated Test Force’. The GAU-22/A is a four-barrel gun designed for the F-35 and has a rate of fire of 3,300 rounds per minute and an improved accuracy of 1.4 milliradians as compared […]
Dan Goure Security, We are already seeing some of these modifications in aircraft employment, combat tactics and alliance interoperability. The introduction of the iPhone in 2007 did more than merely improve the state of mobile communications or make Apple a pile of money. Show More Summary
A country claiming the greatest military on earth can’t be without some things. Steel is an obvious one. In the age of drones, aluminum is another. Aluminum is essential for flying machines like the F-35 joint strike fighter and Boeing...Show More Summary