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F-35 Spots Targets For Army Missile Defenders

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The test was a big achievement for two much-criticized programs: the Joint Strike Fighter and the Army’s IBCS network — and for the services’ struggle to work better together in a future war.

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Crunch Time For Israeli Air Force: F-15X Or F-35?

Posted by Arie Egozi on


Last month, the defense ministry issued official inquiries into acquiring both aircraft — but, for now, the budget can buy only one.

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Lockheed WILL Force Down F-35 Flight Costs: Ulmer

Posted by Colin Clark on


Asked during his briefing here whether 25 by 25 was achievable, Greg Ulmer, head of the F-35 program for Lockheed Martin, said the company would prove itself just as it had by lowering the cost of an F-35A to below $80 million one year early.

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$34B = Biggest Procurement In History As Lockheed, DoD Handshake Deal for 478 F-35s

Posted by Colin Clark on


The deal for hundreds of new F-35s will drive the cost per airplane below $80 million for the first time.

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Acting SecAF & Roper Likely Head To Paris Show, With F-35A

Posted by Colin Clark on


Amid chatter about what aircraft will make their way to Paris, the Air Force going all in.

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House Dems Block Wall Funds, Slash Sub, But Add F-35s

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The House Dems launch the first salvo in what promises to be a long defense budget saga, and they are drawing lines that will be hard to cross.

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Ellen Lord: Lot 12 Contract For F-35s Soon

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Pentagon says a new F-35 deal is coming this summer, and promises more costs savings even as the program struggles to get needed spare parts.

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Parts Problems Slow F-35 Production; CAPE Says Flying Costs Target Not Likely

Posted by Colin Clark on


F-35 Program Executive Officer Vice Adm. Mat Winter today told the HASC tactical air and land subcommittee that Lockheed was guilty of just that, adding that this had helped lead to a shortage of an average of 600 parts each month, causing production line slowdowns and cost increases.

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Lockheed Says It Can Fit 2 More Missiles In F-35 Bay

Posted by Colin Clark on


Adding extra firepower to the F-35 shows how loudly Lockheed hears the footsteps of Boeing’s F-15X approaching.

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F-35 Parts Problems At Heart Of Low Readiness Rates: GAO

Posted by Colin Clark on


“F-35 aircraft performance is falling short of warfighter requirements—that is, aircraft cannot perform as many missions or fly as often as required. This lower-than-desired aircraft performance is due largely to F-35 spare parts shortages and difficulty in managing and moving parts around the world”

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