PRODCUREMENT BLUES: LCS Program ‘Broke’ the Navy. In an era when other major-dollar acquisition programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Gerald R. Ford-class carrier have dominated headlines on account of delays and budget overruns, the sternest rebukes in Congress may be reserved for the embattled LCS program. “The experience of LCS, […]
Dave Majumdar Security, Asia Japan just got the F-35. Japan’s first Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter arrived at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona yesterday. For the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), the arrival of the new...Show More Summary
Israel will order 17 more US-made F-35 warplanes to take its fleet of stealthy Joint Strike Fighters to 50 over the next few years, the premier’s office said Sunday. A statement from Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the green light for the order was given by the security cabinet. The Jewish state is due to take
YES. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Game-Changer or Procurement Nightmare?
Americas Talks are being carried out between Lockheed Martin and President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team over a number of programs including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Trump had made disparaging comments about the F-35 last year on a conservative talk show, calling into question the fighter’s cost-benefit when compared to the capabilities of existing aircraft. […]
An F-35B Joint Strike Fighter caught fire while in-flight during a training exercise last month, according to a report from Hope Hodge Seck of Military.com. The incident was listed by the Naval Safety Center as a "Class A Mishap" — the most serious mishap class — which means that there was $2 million or more in damage. Show More Summary
Americas After much wrangling, Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon have concluded negotiations on the ninth lot of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program with a unilateral agreement that will see 57 jets produced for $6.1 billion. At $107 million per plane, this is the lowest price per plane thus far. The deal will give profit […]
Dan Goure Security, Even recent challenges now proceed in a predictable manner with no serious impact on the overall program. Remember when following the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program was like watching one of those dark dramatic...Show More Summary
Kris Osborn Security, The Air Force has begun a series of "mini-deployments" to get the aircraft ready for deployment within the next two years. Air Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighters coordinated close air support with Navy SEALs, trained...Show More Summary
Kris Osborn Security, Will the F-35s current and future line up of weapons, coupled with its sensors and ISR technologies enable the aircraft to out-perform the A-10 warthog when it comes to Close Air Support Missions. Flying close to...Show More Summary
James Hasik Security, Should we be worried? Almost a squadron’s worth of Joint Strike Fighters, Courtney Albon wrote for Inside Defense, “ may not fly for months.” As Colin Clark wrote for Breaking Defense, the US Air Force and theShow More Summary
Dave Majumdar Security, How would the JSF do in combat against these top-tier planes? America's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is easily one of the most hotly debated weapons platforms in decades--and certainly one of the most controversial. Show More Summary
In a first-of-its-kind engagement, a Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6 linked with an F-35 fighter destroyed a medium-range, medium-altitude, subsonic target. The USS Desert Ship (LLS 1), a land-based U.S. Navy Combat System equipped with the latest AEGIS Baseline, fired the SM-6, which intercepted the over-the-horizon target, out of sight of its operators. The mission was
Dave Majumdar Security, A F-35/NIFC-CA combination would allow the stealthy Joint Strike Fighter to relay targeting data from inside a zone protected by systems such as the S-400--a very big deal. The United States Navy and the United...Show More Summary
Dan Grazier, Mandy Smithberger Security, A $1,000,000,000,000 disaster? The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive procurement program in Pentagon history. It’s been plagued by schedule delays, gross cost overruns, and a slew of underwhelming performance reviews. Show More Summary
Despite already spending over $1 trillion on the F-35 Joint Strike fighter program, the US Marine Corps wants to spend even more to develop a laser weapon for its variant, even though there is neither the time or the money to do so.
WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: F-35 to Control Armed Attack Drones. In the future, drones may be fully operated from the cockpit of advanced fighter jets such as the Joint Strike Fighter or F-22, Air Force Chief Scientist Greg Zacharias told Scout Warrior in an interview. “The more autonomy and intelligence you […]
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.
Seven Navy F-35 Joint Strike Fighters spent Monday morning in a round robin off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia.
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