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PRODCUREMENT BLUES: LCS Program ‘Broke’ the Navy. In an era when other major-dollar acquisition p…

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, […]

This Photo Has China's Military Scared Stiff (Japan Now Has the F-35)

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 orders more F-35 warplanes from US

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

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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. […]

Another F-35 fighter caught on fire

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 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

NG to Help in Development of SHiELD | Dubai Testing Ways of Tracking Drones to Avoid Flight Disruptions | UK MoD Selects Bidders for Challenger 2 LEP

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 […]

How Lockheed Martin's F-35 Program Became Boringly Successful

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

Report: F-35 Is Now Training with F-15s, A-10 Warthogs and Navy Seals

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

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter vs. the A-10 Warthog: Which Plane Is Better at Close Air Support?

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

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Grounding: Big Problem or Minor Setback?

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

America's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter vs. China's J-31, F-15SA and Russia's Su-35: Who Wins?

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

US Navy Links SM-6 Missile with F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

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

Game Changer: Combining Lockheed Martin's F-35 and AEGIS Missile Defense

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

America's F-35 Stealth Fighter May Never Be Ready for Combat

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

No Money, No Timetable, But US Marines Want F-35B With Lasers

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, dro…

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 […]

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

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