Nothing that's made out of metal is sexier than a fighter jet. But is the F-35 the plane to buy?
The DoD Acquisition Community has spoken on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. According to a recent NRO article they have concluded the following: “The F-35 program is a mess; it is unaffordable and will not be able to fulfill its mission.”...Show More Summary
The U.S. Marine Corps is expected to announce the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ready to fly initial operations in the near future, a general said. The F-35 is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons acquisition program, estimated to cost $391 billion to purchase 2,457 aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy.
Americas The F-35’s GAU-22/A 25mm cannon has been tested on the ground at Edwards Air Force Base, with the General Dynamics-designed weapon having been developed for both internal and external gun systems of the Joint Strike Fighter. The cannon is mounted on an external pod for the F-35B and C variants, with the Air Force’s […]
Check out this video of the first live fire of the General Dynamics GAU-22/A four-barrel 25mm cannon onboard an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Edwards Air Force Base in California. It weights in at 230 pounds and spits rounds out at 3300 shots per minute with a muzzle velocity of 3560 feet per second. Show More Summary
One of the "banes" of the 1990s for the miltech enthusiast was very little was really happening. I mean, the most exciting bit to come out was the Joint Strike Fighter. bah. (from the point of view of stability in the world, it was good. Show More Summary
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the most expensive US weapons project of all time. The jet was supposed to fill fulfilling multiple roles for the Air Force, Navy, Marines, and US foreign partners, and the plane was designed to have aerial combat, close-air support, and long-range strike capabilities. Show More Summary
Americas The Marine Corps conducted its first successful live ordnance drops from a F-35B in late June, the USMC announced on Friday. The Joint Strike Fighters dropped both inert and live ordnance, which consisted of JDAM GPS-guided munitions in both GBU-12 and GBU-32 configurations. The Marine Corps decided in May to push on towards the […]
Have you ever heard of a plane that couldn’t dogfight? Well, a pilot reported that the new (and quite pricey) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has some maneuvering issues, which would make it a […]
The novel particularly shines when laying out the failures of the newest Pentagon weapons systems. Over the past decade, U.S. taxpayers have poured trillions of dollars into fancy new weapons, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Littoral Combat Ship, though defense experts warned of their many failings.
Bobo sends us a link from War Is Boring which discusses a report allegedly written by one of the test pilots of the new F-35 jet which says that the Joint Strike Fighter can’t dog fight. In the test, the F-35 went up against the F-16, you know, one of the aircraft the F-35 is […]
The F-35B jump-jet version of the Joint Strike Fighter has completed its first takeoff from a ski jump, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.The stealthy fifth-generation fighter jet designed to fly like a plane and land like a helicopterShow More Summary
Lockheed’s F-35B Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter took its first leap off the ski-jump test ramp at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, and it could lead to the birth of a new eXXXtreme sport. Read more...
A US think tank has proposed installing nuclear weapons on the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter for deployment aboard aircraft carriers as a hedge against Russia and China.Clark Murdock of the Center for Strategic and International...Show More Summary
(click to view full) In an exclusive June 2006 interview, Israeli Air Force (IAF) chief procurement officer Brigadier-General Ze’ev Snir told Israeli media that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was a key part of their IAF recapitalization plans, and that Israel intended to buy over 100 of the fighters to replace their fleet of over […]
Americas Not a single F-35A was downed by “hostile” fire during the Air Force’s recent Green Flag West exercise, the first exercise in which the Joint Strike Fighter has participated. None of the F-35s were shot down, whilst F-16s and A-10s were. The inclusion of the JSF in the exercises has been criticized as a […]
Americas Lockheed Martin saw a $920.4 million advanced acquisition contract on Thursday for the F-35 program. This award covers the production of 94 low rate initial production Joint Strike Fighters, with these spread across the three F-35 variants.. 78 F-35A models will be manufactured and delivered, with 44 of these destined for the Air Force […]
The US Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a contract worth more than $920 million to manufacture 94 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets for production testing.
Americas F-35As will take part in USMC exercises for the first time this week, with the fighter also set to drop live ordnance. The Green Flag West exercises will run to June 12, with the Marine Corps’ B model Joint Strike Fighter recently concluding trials aboard USS Wasp. In a separate set of exercises, NORAD […]
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