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Lockheed Not Cooperating Enough On F-35 Contract: Vice Adm. Winter

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JSF HQ: Lockheed Martin “could be much more collaborative and cooperative but they aren’t,” the head of the Joint Strike Fighter program, Vice Adm. Mat Winter, told reporters today. “They could, but they choose not to.” Winter’s comments are not nearly as searing as those of his predecessor Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, who famously said… Keep reading →

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Marine Aviation Says He’d Like 13 More F-35Bs; Lockheed PM Speaks On Timing, Block Buy

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PARIS AIR SHOW: On his way out the door, the head of Marine aviation, Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, told reporters he really, really wants more F-35Bs for the Marines as soon as possible. The current top goal is to add 24 F-35Bs to the Marine’s inventory, including four in the unfunded requirements list. Davis, a… Keep reading →

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Trump Claims Admin Cuts $600M From F-35; Thank The JPO

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump, repeating a trick he’s used with the automobile makers, claimed credit today for something he didn’t have much to do with, but that became final during his administration. Trump told White House reporters, who can’t be expected to know much about the F-35 program, that he had saved taxpayers $600 million in the… Keep reading →

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F-35 ‘Not Out Of Control’: F-35A Prices Drop 5.5%

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ARLINGTON: One week after President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted that the cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was “out of control,” the F-35 program office announced the price of most variants had dropped yet again. The contract for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 9 will buy 57 aircraft, 34 for the US and 23… Keep reading →

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Bogdan Predicts $2B Block Buy Savings For 450 F-35s

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NATIONAL HARBOR: A fix has been identified for the 15 F-35As currently banned from flying and tests on the engineering will begin next week, said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan. The head of the Joint Program Office told the Air Force Association conference here that the F-35s should have their fuel tank insulation problems fixed by the… Keep reading →

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When It Rains, It Pours F-35s: Pratt Wins $1.5B For Lot 10 Engines Plus…

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RIAT: Who knows if it’s coincidence or not, but the Pentagon today announced that after a seemingly endless negotiation for the tenth Low Rate Initial Production lot, Pratt and Whitney was awarded $1.5 billion for 99 F135 engines, as well as backups and spare parts.  Unit prices for the conventional takeoff and landing systems came down by 2.6 percent.… Keep reading →

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