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The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multirole aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air superiority fighter missions.[4] The F-35 has three different models; one is the conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is short takeoff and vertical-landing variant, and the third is a carrier-based variant.


The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. Its development is being principally funded by the United States, with the United Kingdom, and other partner governments providing additional funding.[5] It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems as major partners.[5] Demonstrator aircraft flew in 2000,[6] with the first flight on 15 December 2006.[



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Having scrapped plans to build a new fighter jet of its own, Japan's defense ministry has reportedly inquired to multiple international defense contractors, including Lockheed Martin and Boeing, about collaborating on a new stealth jet. Sources tell Reuters that Lockheed Martin is planning to respond to ...
It baffles me that the city is currently trying to bring to our town F-35 fighter jets that are four times louder, have a higher safety risk, will affect cognitive development in children and the mental and physical health of those within the noise zone, and make thousands of homes uninhabitable, forcing eviction for ...

Proving this concept April 16, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 successfully flew an F-35B Lightning II aircraft with a part that was supplied by CLB-31's 3-D printer. The F-35B had a plastic bumper on a landing gear door wear out during a recent training mission. Though a small and simple part, the only ...
The Joint Chiefs of Staff later revised the F-X III operational requirements, putting a higher priority on stealth capabilities, leading to the de facto private contract for the F-35. The number of fighters to be procured was decreased from 60 to 40, in an apparent move to meet the F-35 budget proposal. The final ...
In a recent letter to President Donald Trump, dated March 26, Senators John Cornyn and James Inhofe advocated the sale of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to Taiwan. “Taiwan has a legitimate requirement to field a modern fighter fleet to address a myriad of defense contingencies,” ...
But while “the F-35 promises significant advances in military capability…, reaching that capability has put the program above its original budget and behind the planned schedule,” according to the Congressional Research Service. See F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, updated April 13, 2018.

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy completed the final developmental test to integrate the Joint Standoff Weapon C onto the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's C variant, keeping the low-cost, air-to-ground missile on track for full deployment in 2019. The JSOW glide weapon uses a GPS-inertial navigation system with an ...
That's how U.S. Air Force Reserve Major Scott Trageser, callsign “Worm”, described the single largest benefit of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program for the U.S. Air Force Reserve and USAF along with other F-35 partner nations. Maj. Scott “Worm” Trageser and Capt. Mark “Quatro” Tappendorf of the Air ...
The F-35 program has been an expensive boondoggle for years, despite repeated efforts to bring program costs under control and deliver a functional aircraft. Current program costs are estimated at $406.5 billion, and that's before you factor in repair and maintenance over the lifetime of the fighters.
Two U.S. senators are pushing the Trump administration to sell F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Taiwan. In a letter addressed to Trump on March 26, Sens. John Cornyn and James Inhofe urged the president to sell Taiwan the F-35B fighter jets. If that could not be arranged, Cornyn and Inhofe said Washington ...
John Cornyn, R-Texas, and James Inhofe, R-Okla., said the move to sell stealthy jump jet Joint Strike Fighters could deter “China's aggressive military posture” in the Asia-Pacific region. “Taiwan has a legitimate requirement to field a modern fighter fleet to address a myriad of defense contingencies,” they ...
The F-35B is one of three variants of the F-35 aircraft and the only one with the ability to land vertically like a helicopter. It can also takeoff in a much shorter space than other fighter jets, which is why it can operate off the Wasp, a warship only half the size of the 100,000-ton aircraft carriers in the US fleet.
In April 2017, Taiwan's then-Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan told the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee that he would formally declare Taiwan's intention to purchase the F-35 stealth fighter during a visit to Washington in July. Yet, no announcement was made at the time. As I reported last ...
District officials are now pushing for federal sound insulation funds for the school. They are also racing to test the school's noise levels independently of the federal government to prepare a contingency plan. The first F-35 fighter jet is scheduled arrive this fall at the airport's Vermont Air National Guard base.
The F-35 program has been the subject of numerous delays and cost revisions. Even President Donald Trump has taken aim at the project on the basis of the ever-inflating cost of the stealth fighter, which he described as “out of control.” Trump once bragged that the fighter was invisible, saying, “You literally ...
A new contract for more F-35 fighter jets will take time, given the focus on cost, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson tells CNBC. The world's largest defense contractor has been negotiating with the Pentagon on the next contract since last year. Cost has been a huge sticking point for the F-35, ...
Two Israeli F-35 fighter jets entered Iranian airspace over the past several weeks, according to the Jerusalem Post. The two stealth fighters flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran and targeted locations in the Iranian cities of Bandar Abbas, Esfahan, and Shiraz, according to the newspaper, quoting ...

The late-December announcement by the US Air Force that Madison's Truax Field is the chosen home for a squadron of F-35 fighter jets (provided it clears a final study) is a huge victory for the city, politicians representing the area say. The choice of Madison out of five Air National Guard base finalists was ...
Bringing the U.S.-North Korea tension to Fort Worth at least for a day, officials from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin on Wednesday delivered the first of 40 F-35 fighter jet to South Korea. Dozens of dignitaries from the Far East attended the event at Lockheed Martin's massive Air Force Plant 4 in west Fort ...
In the final week of February, US and Japanese military and civilian VIPs gathered at Misawa Air Base for a celebration held by the 3rd Air Wing of the Japan Air Self Defense Force to welcome its first F-35A fighter aircraft. This was the second F-35A to roll off the new assembly line at a Mitsubishi Heavy ...
WASHINGTON — As the production rate of Lockheed Martin's F-35 joint strike fighter goes up, the company is wrestling with quality escapes involving the jet's low observability features, which now amount to about half of all defects on the aircraft, the company's vice president of the program revealed ...
What makes this otherwise rather modest requirement of such significance is that some of the Tornado fighters are dual-capable, meaning they have the special wiring and controls to deliver nuclear weapons. Unless their replacement is capable of delivering nuclear weapons, Germany will be unable to ...
... the F-35 nor has any request been made to the Americans,” the commanding officer of the IAF, Air Chief Marshal Birender Sing Dhanoa, told The Indian Express last week. Indian media reports emerged in February that the IAF is considering the F-35A to fill a requirement for up to 126 fighter jets as a deal ...
F-35 stealth fighters have landed on a Navy ship in the Pacific for the first time as the U.S. beefs up its military presence in the region in a warning to China and North Korea. A detachment of F-35B Lightning IIs—the naval variant of the warplane which allows vertical landing and take-off—landed aboard the ...


 

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