Tag Archives: F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter

Lawmakers Cooling on F-35 Multi-Year Production Contracts

Lawmakers Cooling on F-35 Multi-Year Production Contracts

Cpl. Kendal Parish and Sgt. Arben Kupa, both Airframe Mechanics from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, reinstall a panel of an F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter after maintenance aboard the USS Wasp, May 24, 2015.

CAPITOL HILL – Lawmakers said Wednesday they’re unlikely to authorize the Pentagon to award a coveted multi-year contract to build F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters unless the program solves such problems as chronic shortages of spare parts that often wear out quicker than anticipated.

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Marines Test 'Lightning Carrier' Concept, Control 13 F-35Bs from Multiple Amphibs

Marines Test ‘Lightning Carrier’ Concept, Control 13 F-35Bs from Multiple Amphibs

Thirteen U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), and two Marine Medium Tilt-Rotor Squadron (VMM-166) are staged aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) on Oct. 8, 2019. America is at sea conducting routine operations in the eastern Pacific. US Navy photo.

The Navy and Marine Corps recently tested out the “Lightning Carrier” concept of packing an amphibious assault ship with F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets, and they will likely continue to expand and exercise this capability. Read More

F-35 Program Facing Delays in Full-Rate Production, As DoD Struggles to Integrate Into Simulators

F-35 Program Facing Delays in Full-Rate Production, As DoD Struggles to Integrate Into Simulators

A formation of four U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), are secured on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on Oct. 5, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is performing well in the real world, but challenges incorporating it into a Defense Department simulation system will delay DoD from being able to move into full-rate production, the Pentagon’s top weapons-buyer told reporters today. Read More

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Muting Turkey's Attacks in Syria

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Muting Turkey’s Attacks in Syria

A U.S. service member oversees members of the Syrian Democratic Forces as they demolish a YPG fortification in northeast Syria, Sept. 21, 2019. US Army Photo

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Wednesday that would impose economic sanctions on Ankara for its military incursion into Syria as Turkey seeks to create a buffer against the Syrian Defense Forces, a key American ally in the fight against the Islamic State. Read More

Experts: Next Generation Of Air Dominance Will Rely On Sharing Data

Experts: Next Generation Of Air Dominance Will Rely On Sharing Data

A sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) watches as an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 and an F/A 18-E Super Hornet from the ‘Eagles’ of VFA-115 fly in formation with two USAF F-15s of the 44th Fighter Squadron on June 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, VA. – Developing data links to enable existing aircraft to transfer data with forces at sea and on land could prove to be more critical than crafting new platforms for America’s next air war, experts said on Wednesday. Read More

Lockheed Martin Confident Other Customers Will Buy Turkey's F-35s

Lockheed Martin Confident Other Customers Will Buy Turkey’s F-35s

An F-35A Lightning II fighter jet takes off during Astral Knight 2019 on June 6, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. US Air Force Photo

Lockheed Martin is confident new customers will step forward to buy the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters intended for Turkey, company executives said during a Tuesday conference call with analysts. Read More

Turkey Formally Dropped From F-35 Program; DoD Estimates $500M to Retool Supply Chain

Turkey Formally Dropped From F-35 Program; DoD Estimates $500M to Retool Supply Chain

F-35A Lightning II aircraft receive aerial refuelings from a Travis KC-10 Extender July 13, 2016 on the flight from England to the United States. US Air Force photo.

THE PENTAGON – Turkey is being excised from the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter program, and the U.S. will pay an estimated $500 to 600 million to retool the program in the aftermath, the Defense Department’s acquisition chief told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

F-35 Program Leadership Changes as Turkey's Future in Program Uncertain

F-35 Program Leadership Changes as Turkey’s Future in Program Uncertain

A Member of the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team prepares to launch Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 pilot, during the Bagotville International Air Show in Quebec, Canada on June 22, 2019. US Air Force Photo

THE PENTAGON – The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program’s civilian and military management are in the midst of a changeover just as government officials from the U.S. and partner countries are considering ejecting Turkey from involvement in the aircraft’s manufacture and deployment. Read More