The U.S. Air Force may solicit bids for 72 new Boeing F-15s, Lockheed Martin F-16s or even Boeing F/A-18E/Fs as budget issues put planned production rates for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter out of reach, according to senior service and...Show More Summary
The Marine Corps aviation community is keeping busy preparing to send its first F-35B Joint Strike Fighters to Japan in January 2017, ensuring the training and logistics pipelines are ready for global deployment of the new plane, the...Show More Summary
Testers have found cracks in a main structural element of the wing of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, a spokesman for the Pentagon's F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) confirmed on November 13.
he F-35 is going to eat up so much of the Air Force’s procurement budget going forward that the service will likely have to reduce the number of Joint Strike Fighters it buys to pay for other things, such as the Long Range Strike-Bomber,...Show More Summary
Dave Majumdar Security, Here are the 5 worst U.S. Fighter jets of all time. And yes, the F-35 makes the list. The United States has built many great fighters over the years. The P-51 Mustang, the F4U Corsair, F-86 Sabre, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-22 are among the best warplanes this country has ever produced. Show More Summary
Americas Lockheed Martin has been handed a $5.37 billion contract action for 55 Lot IX Joint Strike Fighters, including 41 F-35As, 12 F-35Bs and 2 F-35Cs. Six of the F-35As are to complete foreign sales to Norway, while seven are headed for Israel and two for Japan. Half of the 12 F-35B variants are for […]
Matthew Gault Security, Stealth won't stop this assault... As part of his bid to lead the free world, tycoon-turned-presidential candidate Donald Trump is talking to a lot of conservative talk show hosts. On Oct. 22, Trump sat down with...Show More Summary
Presidential candidate Donald Trump is finally offering some specifics when it comes to defense policy, and on conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt’s program today he floated the possibility of cancelling the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program if he gets elected. Read more...
Dave Majumdar Security, The leadership shake-up comes as the F-35 team focuses on completing the jet’s on-going system development and demonstration effort while ramping up production. Lockheed Martin is appointing former F-22 Raptor...Show More Summary
Dave Majumdar Security, Asia Controlling costs: The Air Force has also learned the lessons of the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Northrop Grumman has won the U.S. Air Force’s Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) contract—ensuring...Show More Summary
The head of the F-35 Joint Program Office said the heavy helmet of its advanced Joint Strike Fighter is causing problems.
Earlier this week, Canada’s Conservative Party was swept out of office and replaced by a new Liberal government led by incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The rise of a new government means that Ottawa’s defense and foreign policy posture will change. One immediate casualty could be the Lockheed Martin’s F-35...
The head of the F-35 Joint Program Office on Wednesday said the heavy, futuristic helmet of its advanced Joint Strike Fighter is causing a variety of problems during ejections and has led to a higher risk of injury for some pilots.
The cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will increase by $1 million per plane if Canada withdraws from the multi-nation effort to field a new stealth fighter, the program executive said on Wednesday.
Dave Majumdar Security, Canada Crash landing: The F-35 program has been mired by controversy in Canada—mostly over cost. Earlier this week, Canada’s Conservative Party was swept out of office and replaced by a new Liberal government led by incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Show More Summary
My latest at the Diplomat takes a look at HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide: Lost in the various debates about whether Canberra and her sister will eventually carry the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter are the significant capabilities that the ships currently command, and how Australia can put those capabilities to greatest effect. When these ships […]
Canada has had its very own F-35 saga over the last decade. In Ottawa, the beleaguered jet is so politically controversial that its procurement has become a major policy differential between the parties. Now, with the Liberals winning yesterday’s vote, it seems nearly impossible for the F-35 to find a home with America’s neighbor to the north. Read more...
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