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

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

 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

Future Helicopter Designs Could Be Stalled By Tighter Pentagon Budgets

Future Helicopter Designs Could Be Stalled By Tighter Pentagon Budgets

MH-60S helicopter from the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on May 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

MH-60S helicopter from the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on May 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

While acknowledging, “we will always have an operational need for vertical lift,” the Pentagon’s tight budget future is keeping the initiative to replace its aging fleet of helicopters on a small science-and- technology diet that worries industry. Read More

Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Track to Meet 2015 Goal

Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Track to Meet 2015 Goal

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

U.S. Global Hawks Operate in U.K. and Japan

U.S. Global Hawks Operate in U.K. and Japan

RQ-4 Global Hawk sits on the runway before beginning a nighttime mission. US Air Force Photo

RQ-4 Global Hawk sits on the runway before beginning a nighttime mission. US Air Force Photo

The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawks has been busy in recent days, touching down in Japan and participating in NATO exercises over the U.K. for the first time. Read More

House Preserves George Washington Carrier Refueling Plan

House Preserves George Washington Carrier Refueling Plan

USS George Washington (CVN-73) on Nov. 24, 2013.

USS George Washington (CVN-73) on Nov. 24, 2013.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post indicated an amendment that would restrict money to fund a complex refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) offered by Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.)and Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) had passed. That amendment did not pass in the final House version of Fiscal Year 2015 defense bill. USNI News regrets the error.

House lawmakers preserved a legislative effort to keep the USS George Washington (CVN-73) to fund the start the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the carrier as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 defense bill. Read More

Japanese Government Recommends Major Defense Policy Change

Japanese Government Recommends Major Defense Policy Change

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A government advisory panel, convened by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, recommended today that Japan make major changes to its defense policy. Prompted by recent tensions with China and North Korea, the panel recommended a reinterpretation of the national Constitution allowing Japan to exercise its right to collective self defense. Read More