June 20, 2019

Troubles for the F-35 Continue

Troubles for the F-35

The F-35 fighter jet continues to be marred by flaws and glitches.

Crashed Japanese F-35 Reported Located

F-35

Although it was announced Monday that the Japanese-built F-35 that crashed into the Pacific last month had been found, the US Air Force continues to deny that it has been located.

Navy Salvage Team Joins Search for Crashed F-35A

The Japan F-35A that crashed into the Pacific Ocean about three weeks ago is believed to be lying on the ocean floor. The US 7th Fleet has sent a Navy salvage team to help find the plane.

UFOs in DoD Ranges & Airspace Prompt New Guidelines

UFOs

A series of sightings of unknown, highly advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations and facilities has prompted new guidelines to the fleet for reporting sightings of any UFOs.

F-35 Costs Skyrocket With Upgrades

F-35

The F-35 “Block 4” upgrades will add billions more to the cost of the fighter jet: research and procurement increased by $22 billion, operation and support across six decades grew by $73 billion to $1.196 trillion.

Final Deployments for P-3C Orions

The last of the US Navy’s P-3C Orions are on their final overseas deployments, reports The Drive. The patrol planes are being split between bases in Bahrain and Japan. The Navy is preparing to retire its Orions. Their replacements: P-8A Poseidons.

Blue Angels Set to Move to Super Hornets

Blue Angels

The US Navy’s Blue Angels are tentatively set to start flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet in 2021. The move to the Super Hornet will mark the first time the fighter jet demonstration team has changed aircraft since it moved from the A-4F Skyhawk II to the F/A-18 Hornet in 1986.

Japan’s 1st F-35 Crashes in Pacific

F-35 crashes

The jet was less than a year old with a total of 280 hours in the air; it had been aloft 28 minutes before contact was lost. This is the second F-35 to crash since the jet’s first flight in 2006 and could reignite concern about the F-35 having only one engine.

F-35 Joins Philippines’ Training Exercise for 1st Time

F-35

The military exercise in the Philippines, Balikatan, has begun with US and Australian troops participating. For the first time, F-35B Lightning IIs join the training in Southeast Asia.

China Is Biggest Exporter of Combat Drones

combat drones

China is now the biggest exporter of combat drones, with the Middle East among the main recipients.