April 21, 2019

Japan’s 1st F-35 Crashes in Pacific

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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.

Baltimore’s Liberty Ship Needs a New Home

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The John W. Brown is one of only two fully operational Liberty ships, which transported vast numbers of military personnel and countless tons of cargo during the war — and the only one sailing regularly out of the port city where it was built, Baltimore, where it’s lease expires September 2019.

Most F-35s Return to Flight

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Most F-35s return to flight operations after fuel tubes were inspected. About 20 percent are still awaiting replacement tubes.

New Performance Incentives for F-35, Not for Industry

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Lockheed’s contract for future F-35s is tied to performance incentives, but DoD efforts to tie all defense contracts to performance indicators has been withdrawn in the face of industry and congressional outcry.

Senate Blocks F-35 Sale to Turkey

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US Senate blocks Lockheed’s $10 billion sale of F-35s to Turkey, fearing the fighter jet’s secrets are at risk since the NATO ally’s decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system.

Is Trump’s F-35 a Mistake or Deal Maker?

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Industry analysts are trying to calibrate the F-35’s future from Trump’s F-35 tweets that it’s cost is ‘out of control’ and word of a multi-year block buy if Lockheed does not protest a buy of F/A-18s from Boeing.

Who Made the Most Defense Revenue in FY15

The top 20 Defense Contractors listed by their defense revenue in FY15.

Drones in Restricted Airspace Face $1.9M Fine

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FAA proposes $1.9 million fine on SkyPan International Inc., a small Chicago-based aerial-photography firm for 65 flights of drones in restricted airspace.

Lockheed to Cut 500 Jobs in IT Services Unit

Lockheed says the cut it is not the result of the strategic IT review conducted after buying Black Hawk maker Sikorsky Aircraft for $9 billion.

Marine & Navy Officer Fired Guns in Chattanooga

Jimi Lanham

A Navy officer and a Marine fired their sidearms attempting to subdue the gunman who killed five service members last week in Chattanooga, TN.