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Air Force Pumps Cash Into ‘Vanguard’ Effort, Small Industry Teams

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“We need that partnership with customers on the DoD side where they’re willing to take a step forward with us in understanding that neither one of us knows the ultimate answer.”

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Pratt & Whitney Enters Incubator Biz To Slash Development Time in Half

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As the Pentagon and the defense industry rush to keep up with the shift to great power competition and the fight for tech workers rushing for Silicon Valley, the idea of technology incubators is catching fire.

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One Big F-35 Contract: $2.8B Of $3.7B For Foreign Planes

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: After the markets closed on a sleepy and rainy summer Friday afternoon, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was ousted and DHS Secretary John Kelly named to take his place, and, oh, by the way, a $3.69 billion contract was awarded Lockheed Martin for 50 foreign F-35s and work on the Lot 11… Keep reading →

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F-35Cs Undergo Helmet, EW Tests Plus Aboard USS George Washington

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ABOARD USS GEORGE WASHINGTON: “It makes it real.” That’s what Tom Briggs, acting chief of test for the Navy, said as he watched F-35C after F-35C launched from the ship’s steam catapults during a long Monday. Briggs, who has led much of the testing for the Marines’ F-35Bs and the Navy’s F-35Cs, was visibly proud… Keep reading →

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Air Force Declares F-35A IOC; Major Milestone For Biggest US Program

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UPDATED: Adds ACC Carlisle, CSAF Goldfein, SecAF James JPO Bogdan Comments PENTAGON: Critics of the F-35 warned it was too heavy. They warned its stealth wasn’t good enough. They warned stealth, however good, wasn’t enough against advanced detection methods. They warned its range was too short and its weapons load too light. They warned it was… Keep reading →

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

Posted by Colin Clark on


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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The Next Phase for the V-22 Osprey: Build Global Support Like C-17

Posted by Robbin Laird on


The V-22 Osprey will reach the eight-year mark in its operational deployment history this September. The Osprey-enabled assault force is redefining ways to think about the insertion and withdrawal of force and new ways to engage, prevail and disengage. The program has reached a critical turning point – can the Osprey be purchased by allies, and be… Keep reading →

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GE Jet Sets Record; Will F-35 Get New AETD Engine?

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PARIS AIR SHOW: Pratt & Whitney has refused to disclose the price of its F135 engines for the F-35 for quite a while, even while Lockheed Martin boasted it would bring down the price of the Joint Strike Fighter to $80 million a copy — including engine. Now we know why. At a Monday briefing… Keep reading →

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DoDIG Slams Pratt’s Work On F135 Engine: Report ‘Accurate’ But Doesn’t Tell Whole Story, Say JPO & Pratt

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  WASHINGTON:  After years during which Lockheed Martin bore the brunt of barbs from various government watchdogs, the Government Accountability Office and the Pentagon’s Inspector General about the failures of the F-35 program. it is now Pratt & Whitney’s turn. First came the April 14 GAO report aimed at the F135, as the plane’s engine program is known.… Keep reading →

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F-35 Head Bogdan Explains The F135 ‘Bad Rub’ Fix

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NATIONAL PRESS CLUB: It hasn’t been tested yet, and the “root cause” for the problem has not yet been identified, but Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, head of the F-35 program, expects upcoming tests to demonstrate a fix for the engine problem discovered when an Air Force F-35A engine exploded early this summer. The fix will be… Keep reading →

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