The US Navy last week wrapped up its second round of flight tests of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on board the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Blake Franko Security, Middle East Keeping both planes in the inventory would thus provide the USAF with two ground-attack toolsets: the F-35A for symmetrical opponents, and the A-10C for asymmetrical ones. The U.S. Congress's recent decision to...Show More Summary
Dave Majumdar Security, Paramount does not seem to have found a customer for the AHRLAC just yet—but it has continued developing the aircraft. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Dassault Rafale,...Show More Summary
The Navy and Joint Strike Fighter team have gone back to the carrier for further test, integration and development flights with the F-35C. Two of the jets landed aboard the USS Eisenhower yesterday for what will be two weeks of at-sea trials. Their arrival was a wet one, a rare occasion for the F-35 which is usually seen flying in fair weather conditions. Read more...
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has completed the first fuel transfer with the air refuelling boom from a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to a US Air Force (USAF) F-35A Joint Strike Fighter at Edwards Air Force Base in California. A total of 59 contacts were conducted of which five contacts transferred 43,200
Dave Majumdar Security, Europe The little fighter that packs one heck of a punch. While complex high-end jet fighters like the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon dominate the headlines when it comes to the global fighter market, not every country needs or even wants a top-of-the-line warplane. Show More Summary
China’s new J-31 fighter has raised speculation about the American-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The website Defense One compared the two fighter jets to see which one has the advantage; America or China?
James Mugg Security, Asia Cost is the real problem. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be the most technically advanced fighter jet in the world—and one of the most expensive. If we want to be sure we’re getting our money’s worth, it’s...Show More Summary
In an eight-page document marked “not for public release,” the U.S. Air Force commands its airmen to say positive things about Lockheed Martin’s problem-prone F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. “Articulate the capabilities of the aircraft and explain it is a capability warfighters must have (explain why we need the F-35),” the...
"Are short-range American tactical fighters relevant in the Pacific theatre?" US defense expert Dave Majumdar asks, adding that F-22 Raptors and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters could be outperformed by the sheer numbers of Chinese jets.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to replace almost 90% of America’s tactical aviation fleet. Too bad it “wasn’t optimized for dogfighting,” according to the Air Force.
After the embarrassingly high cost of developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon has promised to be more upfront about the price of developing its next-generation bomber. And yet, official numbers have not been released, with officials, saying they’d "rather wait."
The A-10 Thunderbolt II is now constantly under daily attack by its own Air Force trying to cut its budget and buy a few more Joint Strike Fighters. But, to those on the ground, the Warthog is an indispensable piece of flying artillery. Show More Summary
Dave Majumdar Security, Europe The eagle vs. the bear in a battle for control over the sky. While the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is slated to become the mainstay of the Pentagon’s tactical fighter fleet, not everyone nation...Show More Summary
On May 18, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives dropped a figurative bomb on the U.S. Air Force. Fed up with delays and cost overruns on the U.S.-led international F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program — an ambitious effort to replace nearly all the thousands of jet fighters in the U.S....
Shortly before I retired from active duty at a small Air Force base outside of Boston, I received a cryptic voice mail from an unfamiliar colonel. He identified himself as working at the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program office in Washington, D.C. and he wanted me to call him back...
Americas An accelerated F-35 production schedule could stress suppliers, with the program office planning a three-fold increase in the number of Joint Strike Fighters produced each year over the next three years. The pressure on the production line’s supply base is also likely to be compounded by the requirement for incremental upgrades to in-service F-35s, […]
The fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet and the Cold War-era A-10 attack aircraft will square off in close air support tests planned by the US Defense Departmento
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's newest and most expensive warplane ever, has become a great disappointment for the United States Air Force and sparked fierce criticism from Western experts and lawmakers...
The controversy surrounding the US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is still simmering, prompting experts to pose the question: what if the United States Air Force had dropped the F-35 many years earlier?