Tag: F-35

Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Deliver 300th F-35 Aircraft

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin  delivered the 300th production F-35 aircraft, demonstrating the program’s continued progress and momentum. The 300th aircraft is a U.S. Air Force F-35A, to be delivered to Hill Air Force Base, Utah. “The F-35 weapons system is a key enabler of our National Defense Strategy and is providing […]

Pentagon Looks To Replace F-35 Parts Makers

The Pentagon is embarking on a comprehensive effort to examine the entire F-35 supply chain from top to bottom for opportunities to compete components and repair work, according to a top Department of Defense official. The move is aimed at incentivizing suppliers to reduce cost and increase efficiencies, as the F-35 enterprise faces severe parts […]

International Allies Receive F-35 Full Mission Simulators

Lockheed Martin recently delivered F-35 Full Mission Simulators (FMS) to the Israeli, Italian, Japanese and Norwegian Air Forces – the first-ever deliveries to international F-35 operators. The simulators are critical components of the pilot training capability at F-35 operating bases in these four countries, where they will facilitate pilot qualification training, continuation training and mission […]

Northrop’s New Combat Drone Could Outclass F/A-18 and F-35

TERN drone for the Navy could be an even bigger deal than we initially thought. One year ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) tapped Northrop Grumman to build it a TERN prototype, capable of launching from and landing on small naval warships. Just six months later, before TERN had even conducted its first […]

Trump Promises Changes to ‘Out of Control’ F-35 Program

After campaigning to reduce wasteful government spending, US President-elect Donald Trump announced that he is poised to modify the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, on the same day that Israel was supposed to receive its first two F-35 fighters. ​The markets quickly responded to Trump’s post-midnight tweet, causing Lockheed Martin’s shares to tumble during morning […]

U.S. Air Force Has to Be Concerned About Pilot Shortage

The loss of highly trained and experienced pilots from the U.S. military to the private sector is a legitimate worry for Pentagon leaders, the Defense Department’s top civilian said. “It is something we have to be concerned about,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Wednesday during a stopover at this installation. The problem is particularly […]

South Korea Mulling Purchase of 20 More F-35 Stealth Fighter Jets

Given recent North Korean provocations, the Republic of Korea (ROK) Air Force is considering purchasing 20 additional fifth-generation stealth multirole Joint Strike Fighter F-35As—the aircraft’s conventional takeoff and landing variant—in order to boost its air combat capabilities in the event of war with North Korea, according to senior ROK defense officials. The expansion of ROK […]

New F-35 Will Be ‘Game Changer’ For Israel Air Force

TEL AVIV – The Israel Air Force is one step closer to deploying the F-35 Lightning II, arguably the world’s most advanced stealth fighter jet, the Jerusalem Post reported. According to the report, the Israeli defense establishment said the plane, which will be officially unveiled by manufacturer Lockheed Martin in a ceremony on Wednesday, will […]

Israeli Fighter Pilots Head to US for F-35 Training

Israel’s first cadre of F-35 pilots are headed next month to the United States to begin simulator and ground-based training on the new stealth fighter, the first two of which are scheduled to arrive here by the end of the year. Led by the commander of the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) first F-35I “Adir” squadron, […]

Danish Government Approves $3Bln Purchase of F-35 Fighters From US

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin said in a press release that government of Denmark has backed an order of 27 F-35 fighter jets from the United States, which amounts to $3 billion. The government of Denmark has backed an order of 27 F-35 fighter jets from the United States, which amounts to $3 billion, defense contractor Lockheed Martin said […]