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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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Pentagon Taking Control of Cost-cutting in F-35 Program

FORT WORTH — The Pentagon is taking a firmer grip of the F-35 budget-cutting controls in an attempt to trim down costs in the billion-dollar joint strike fighter program. The Pentagon has determined that Lockheed Martin’s internal cost-cutting program — the Blueprint for Affordability —…

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Air Force Readies 2 Turboprops For War

Textron‘s AT-6 Wolverine and Sierra Nevada-Embraer‘s A-29 Super Tucano could get a chance to show off their abilities against the Islamic State or al-Qaida in a combat test next year, as the Air Force looks at possibly buying up to 300 relatively cheap, light-attack aircraft by 2022. The…

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Air Force developing software sustainment for jet

As almost everything in today’s commercial and military world is underpinned by some type of software capability, the sustainment of that software is of critical national security importance. The services around the military are beginning to take internal looks at how they do software sustainment…

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Bill secures missile defense, icebreakers, F-35s

EXCERPTS – The latest National Defense Authorization Act requires 20 new ground-based missile interceptors at Fort Greely near Fairbanks, additional F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base and the construction of six new icebreakers to serve an Arctic increasingly seen as threatened by Russia’s buildup of…

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CR will ‘slow down versus stop’ F-35 progress

Washington – While the F-35 program will move forward at pace even if funded through a continuing resolution, development and testing activities will slow down starting around April 2018 if a CR extends into spring, the head of the program office warned Wednesday. “As we’ve…

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U.S. Air Force to receive fully operational F-35A squadron

The U.S. Air Force is poised to activate its first fully combat capable squadron of F-35 Lightning II fighter jets following completion of software upgrades. The 34th Fighter Squadron located at Hill Air Force Base in Utah is expected to receive the first F-35s equipped with the finalized Block 3F…

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