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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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$10.7B Set Aside in US Budget to buy F-35s

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to ask Congress for 77 F-35 aircraft made by aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp., the DoD said Monday. The order, part of the $686 billion President Trump allocated to the DoD in his fiscal year 2019 budget request, comes with a…

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Lockheed Defends F-35 After Pentagon Tester’s Criticism

Lockheed Martin Corp. defended the progress of its F-35, the costliest U.S. weapons system, after the head of the Pentagon’s testing office issued a critical report saying efforts to improve the fighter jet’s reliability are “stagnant.” “We are confident in the F-35’s transformational capability that continues…

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USAF commences Pacific deployment of F-35

The US Air Force (USAF) first operational overseas deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is now up and running on the Japanese island of Okinawa, the US Pacific Command (USPACOM) announced on 21 November. Twelve aircraft and more than…

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