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F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program

  F-35B: off probation (click to view full) The $382 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an “affordably stealthy” multi-role fighter that will have 3 variants: the F-35A conventional version for the US Air Force et. […]

Why Israel's Stealth F-35I Is Truly One of a Kind

3 weeks agoNews : The Cutline

For fifty years, the United States has provided top-of-the-line fighter aircraft to help defend Israel from attack. Israel’s fielding of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, known locally as Adir, continues that tradition even as the country puts its own technological touch on the fifth-generation fighter. Show More Summary

Is India About to Give Up on Building Stealth Fighters with Russia?

India’s Air Force is pushing the government to abandon a massive deal with Russia for a fifth-generation fighter aircraft, citing its inferiority to America’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This week, Defense News reported that the Indian...Show More Summary

Is India About to Give Up on Building Stealth Fighters with Russia?

Zachary Keck Security, It looks possible. India’s Air Force is pushing the government to abandon a massive deal with Russia for a fifth-generation fighter aircraft, citing its inferiority to America’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. ThisShow More Summary

One of the Best Weapons for Crushing North Korea in a War Just Arrived in Japan

Dave Majumdar Security, The F-35A, that is.  As tensions with a nuclear-armed North Korea continue to ratchet up, the United States Air Force is gearing up to deploy its brand new Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter to Okinawa, Japan. Show More Summary

One of the Best Weapons for Crushing North Korea in a War Just Arrived in Japan

4 weeks agoNews : The Lookout

As tensions with a nuclear-armed North Korea continue to ratchet up, the United States Air Force is gearing up to deploy its brand new Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter to Okinawa, Japan. A dozen of the stealthy single-engine...Show More Summary

Joint Strike Fighter plans stolen in Australia cyber attack

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A hacker stole non-classified information about Australia's Joint Strike Fighter program and other military hardware last year after breaching the network of a defense contractor, the defense industry minister said on Thursday.

Air Force Lifts Flight Restrictions on Luke F-35As

The Air Force is lifting its flight restriction ceiling for F-35A Joint Strike Fighters at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

Ten missing after US destroyer collides with oil tanker | F-35 nears Block 3F software IOC | RAAF fields PC-21s in Victoria

Americas The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is one more weapons delivery accuracy (WDA) test away from having its initial operating capability (IOC) declared for its Block 3F software. The news comes after a surge by the F-35 Developmental Test team in early August, which saw multiple test events accomplished over the course of a number […]

Argentina pause talks on Kfir deal | Delivery of MQ-4C Triton to US Navy planned for next month | Meteor Aerospace announce new MALE UAV

Americas The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Lockheed Martin a $24.1 million contract modification for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter logistics services for US and foreign military sales customers. Under the terms of the agreement, Lockheed Martin will provide material for depot stand-up and activation, canopy systems and avionics subsystems to the US Air […]

THAAD goes 15 for 15 in latest intercept test | LM gets Interim payment for foreign F-35 orders | Portugal moves forward with KC-390

Americas The US DoD has granted Lockheed Martin a $3.7 billion interim payment for 50 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that are earmarked for non-US program members. The deal will allow Lockheed to continue production of the F-35 jets while it finalizes the terms of the 11th contract with the Pentagon and includes one F-35B aircraft […]

Almost Ready for War: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Has Flown 100,000 Hours

Dave Majumdar Security, When will it be ready?  The Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet has accumulated over 100,000 flight hours as development of the stealthy new fighter approaches the finish line. Contractor Lockheed Martin expects that it will complete development work on the full Block 3F configuration by the end of the year. Show More Summary

Lockheed receives $5.6b F-35 order | DSCA clears JLTVs for UK | Thailand orders T-50s

Americas Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $5.6 billion contract modification to an existing contract for Lot 11 low-rate acquisition of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The US Navy contract modification provides for the procurement of 74 fiscal 2017 aircraft, comprised of 48 F-35A aircraft for the Air Force, 18 F-35B aircraft for the Marine […]

When Will the F-35 Stop Being Controversial?

Sandra Erwin Security, Will the drama ever end?  It is a question that has nagged the Pentagon for years: At what point will the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter be out of the woods? Developing the world’s most advanced fighter jet has been a hard, expensive slog for the Department of Defense. Show More Summary

Struck by Lightning

For years I’ve watched from a distance as our military services struggled to bring forth a 5th Generation, Joint Strike Fighter. As with all new major weapons developments this one has had plenty of naysayers and numerous setbacks during its creation. Most of the criticism has come from former military pilots who could not envision […]

F-35s Grounded at Luke After Pilots Report Hypoxia-Like Symptoms

The Air Force has grounded all F-35 Joint Strike Fighter operations at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, over hypoxia-related issues.

Japan Just Built Its Very First F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Dave Majumdar Security, Get ready, China and North Korea.  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility rolled out the first Japanese-assembled F-35A Joint Strike Fighter earlier today in a ceremony attended by U.S. Show More Summary

What Makes the F-22 and F-35 Stealth

Dave Majumdar Security, Their "skin".  While pilots of advanced fifth-generation fighters like the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor or the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter often claim the spotlight, it is the ground crews who maintain those jets’ pristine surfaces that are often the real heroes. Show More Summary

UPGRADES: Pratt & Whitney pitches souped up version of the F-35 engine. “It’s very attractive…

UPGRADES: Pratt & Whitney pitches souped up version of the F-35 engine. “It’s very attractive to the JSF [joint strike fighter] program for several reasons,” Bromberg told journalists during a media day in West Palm Beach, Florida. “It’s very common, so we could drop this upgrade into any one of the three variants. It would […]

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