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U.K. Orders First Four Production F-35Bs

U.K. Orders First Four Production F-35Bs

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F-35 BF-17 from the F-35 Integrated Test Force in Formation with RAF Typhoons, Edwards AFB, Calif. April 4, 2014. DoD Photo

F-35 BF-17 from the F-35 Integrated Test Force in Formation with RAF Typhoons, Edwards AFB, Calif. April 4, 2014. DoD Photo

The U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD) has placed an order with Lockheed Martin for the first four production F-35B Lighting II fighters for the Royal Air Force with options for up to 14 aircraft, Lockheed announced on Monday morning. Read More

Lockheed: Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Final Approach to Initial Operational Capability

Lockheed: Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Final Approach to Initial Operational Capability

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 A Marine F-35B joint strike fighter lifts off from the runway during the first short take-off and vertical landing mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. on Oct. 25 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

A Marine F-35B joint strike fighter lifts off from the runway during the first short take-off and vertical landing mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. on Oct. 25 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

Lockheed Martin has begun testing the final version of the F-35’s Block 2B software that the US. Marines need to declare the jet operational starting on June 9, company officials told reporters on Monday. Read More

Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Track to Meet 2015 Goal

Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Track to Meet 2015 Goal

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F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1) in August 2013. US Navy Photo

F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1) in August 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is making good progress toward meeting its July 2015 initial operational capability (IOC) date according to company officials. Read More

Marines Bullish on F-35B

Marines Bullish on F-35B

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An F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in August, 2013. US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in August, 2013. US Navy Photo

While the U.S. Air Force is catching flack from Congress based on the assumption it will retire its fleet of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog ground attack aircraft due to budgetary pressures for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), the U.S. Marine Corps is thrilled to be receiving Lockheed Martin F-35Bs to perform that same close air support (CAS) mission. Read More

Lockheed Installs F-35 Sims at New Training Site

Lockheed Installs F-35 Sims at New Training Site

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An undated photo of the F-35 Full Mission Simulator. Lockheed Martin Photo

An undated photo of the F-35 Full Mission Simulator. Lockheed Martin Photo

Lockheed Martin is installing high-fidelity F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) full mission simulators (FMS) at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., in anticipation of the service’s Joint Strike Fighter training squadron moving to the base next year. Read More

New Canopy Manufacturing Technique Could Cut Total JSF Costs by $125 million

New Canopy Manufacturing Technique Could Cut Total JSF Costs by $125 million

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The canopy of a US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on Aug. 24, 2013. US Navy Photo

The canopy of a US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on Aug. 24, 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) has developed a new manufacturing process to build fighter aircraft canopies.

The new technique will be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in 2014 by GKN Aerospace Transparency Systems and could cut the cost of the total aircraft procurement by $125 million over the production run of about 3,000 planned aircraft. Read More