September 22, 2017

F-35A Altitude Restrictions Lifted

F-35A Altitude Restrictions

The Air Force is lifting its altitude flight restriction for F-35A Joint Strike Fighters at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

1st Japanese-Built F-35A Unveiled

1st Japanese-Built F-35A Unveiled

What’s different about the Japan’s fifth F-35A fighter jet? While that country’s first four planes were delivered from Lockheed Martin’s Dallas/Fort Worth factory, this is the first Japanese built F-35A.

Trump Budget Ramps Up Defense Spending

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President Donald Trump said he will propose a budget that would ramp up spending on defense and infrastructure.

Navy Eliminates Office Overseeing Warfare UAVs

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The Navy’s Office of Unmanned Warfare Systems has been eliminated, and its functions are being distributed to other offices. OPNAV N99 was set up less than two years ago to oversee the warfare development of UAVs by then-NavSec Ray Mabus.

Navy Continues Testing With Biofuels

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In tests this month at NAS Patuxent River, the Navy went all out to experiment using 100 percent biofuels for its jets.

Semper Fi, But Not With A Smart Phone

Smart phone technology is great, but not when you’re hiding from the enemy on a battlefield.

Has F-35 JSF Turned a Corner?

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The US Air Force declared its first squadron of F-35As ready for battle last week. The JSF was declared operational by the Marine Corps in July 2015; and the Navy aims for February 2019. The F-35 Lightning II might have finally turned a corner, overcoming the technical problems that have plagued its readiness to serve.

F-35A Battle Ready, Air Force Says

The first US Air Force F-35A squadron is ready for deployment.

With F-35s, USMC Could Dominate Naval Aviation

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With the US Marine Corps purchasing the bulk of the Navy’s planned fleet of 680 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the USMC will likely form the dominant component of naval tactical aviation in the coming years.

Israel Set to Get F-35As

The first F-35A Lightning II of an order of 33 headed for Israel has come off the assembly line at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, TX, plant. Each plane will cost between $110million to $120 million.