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F-35 passes 300th delivery milestone

The 300th production-standard F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) was delivered by Lockheed Martin and the Joint Program Office (JPO) on 11 June. The milestone at the Fort Worth facility in Texas took place some seven years after production-standard deliveries first began in May…

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Senate panel targets Turkey’s participation in F-35 program

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of an annual defense policy bill has three provisions targeting Turkey, a NATO ally with which the United States has had increasing tensions. Two provisions in the committee’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) relate to Turkey’s…

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Air Force strategy speeds F-35 tech & more

The Air Force is now massively speeding up development for hypersonic weapons, missile warning systems and F-35 upgrades as key parts of an emerging new strategy emphasizing risk taking, prototyping and experimentation early in the acquisition process. The service is now accelerating a plan to…

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GAO outlines F-35 dispersal if Pacific war breaks out

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – If war breaks out in the Pacific, U.S. military commanders may disperse F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters in small detachments to outmaneuver the enemy, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office. “The Department of Defense … is…

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F-35 delivery pause indicates high Pentagon standards

WASHINGTON — Both the Defense Department and Lockheed Martin had become too relaxed in ensuring deliveries of new F-35s met requirements, but recent pause on F-35 deliveries exemplifies how the department will now hold Lockheed to stricter standards, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official said Friday. On Wednesday,…

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Lockheed Martin Celebrating F-35’s Last Flight Test

Lockheed Martin is celebrating the F-35’s last flight test for the Joint Strike Fighter program’s System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase. This last flight test marks the beginning of the end of the SDD phase, which started 2001 when Lockheed’s X-35 prototypes triumphed over Boeing’s…

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Air Force moving to address F-35 spare-parts problems

EGLIN AFB — The Air Force is taking a three-pronged approach to addressing spare-parts issues threatening the F-35 stealth fighter jet program at Eglin Air Force Base and elsewhere, according to its Air Education and Training Command. Last month, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., whose…

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Lockheed gets edict to cut F-35 support bill

Lockheed Martin Corp. must find ways to reduce the Pentagon’s current $1.1 trillion estimate to own and operate the F-35 jet, the world’s costliest weapons program, according to the Defense Department’s latest annual program overview. According to the document, Lockheed “must embrace much-needed supply chain management…

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Council approves resolution asking to cancel F-35 basing

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s congressional delegation is standing by its decision to support basing F-35 jets at the Burlington Air National Guard Base as the City Council voted to request a cancellation. The Burlington City Council resolution vote passed 9-3 Monday, after a ballot item…

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A-10 Vs. F-35 Showdown could happen this spring

As the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program barrels toward its final major testing process before full-rate production, program leaders say a much-discussed comparison test between the beloved A-10 Thunderbolt II and the new 5th-generation fighter is very much still in planning, and could kick off as soon as next…

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