Tag: Pentagon

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 […]

Fatal Military Aviation Crashes Reach A 6-Year High

The number of military aviation accidents and the number of crews killed has reached a high in years, Military Times reported the results of it investigation. Since October 2017, 12 fatal accidents, including 11 crashes and one ground incident, have occurred claiming the lives of 35 military pilots and crew. Nevertheless, the authorities do not […]

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 […]

Japan To Get Surveillance Drones Provided By Northrop Grumman

Pentagon announced that Northrop Grumman has won a $130 million contract to provide Japan with three Global Hawk drones. Northrop Grumman has received a contract valued at more than $130 million to provide Japan with three Global Hawk drones, the US Defense Department said in a press release. “Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, […]

Air Force in Europe Gets Big Boost Under Budget Plan

The U.S. Air Force is slated to get a more than 150 percent boost of $600 million in the Pentagon’s proposed 2018 budget for operations in Europe, the sharpest increase among the services as the military seeks to intensify efforts aimed at countering Russia. Under the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI), the U.S. Army in Europe […]

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 […]

U.S. Conducts Precision Air Strikes Against ISIL in Libya

On Monday, at the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), the United States military conducted precision air strikes against ISIL targets in Sirte, Libya, to support GNA-affiliated forces seeking to defeat ISIL in its primary stronghold in Libya. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook stated that these strikes were authorized by the president […]

Pentagon Admits Delays To F-35 Final Operational Test For 2018

The final test of the fifth-generation F-35 stealth multirole fighter jet has been delayed for 2018, US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall said. The jet was planned to undergo the final phase of its initial operational test and evaluation, set to test its combat capability for flying real military […]

Japan Orders Parts for Six F-35s Under $73.8 Million Contract

Japan is readying for future F-35 Lightning II production, ordering $73.8 million in long-lead items that would build six of the joint strike fighters. Long-lead items include titanium parts and other materials used to build the cockpit fuselage, the center of the airplane, the main bulkhead, the center wing and the aft. Lockheed won the […]