• COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program
    COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program 29 May 2020
    Lockheed Martin, who has moved to a new working order due to the virus, announced that the supply process would be disrupted in the F-35 Lightning II program. On the Fort Worth production line in Texas, 2,500 employees last week began working shifts in three groups. At the end of two weeks, the work volume will decrease in the process of being put on leave of shift workers. In Italy, which agreed with the United States for a total of 90 F-35s, the purchase of planes was on the agend...
  • Australia to Sell Hornets to US Training Firm
    Australia to Sell Hornets to US Training Firm 5 March 2020
    Australia plans to sell 46 Boeing F/A-18 A/B “Classic” Hornets to Air USA for training purposes. Air USA provides tactical airpower training services to the US military and international customers. The aircraft are being retired as Canberra takes delivery of up to 72 Lockheed Martin F-35As, which are replacing the Hornet in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service. No details about the pricing are known. The announcement follows a previous 2019 deal ...
  • Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal
    Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal 1 February 2020
    Poland officially signed a Foreign Military Sales Agreement to buy 32 F-35A. worth $4.6 billion. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the price tag. The original State Department approval allowed for a price as high as $6.5 billion. Delivery is scheduled to being in 2024. Low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot 13 F-35As are already priced below $80 million a copy (including engines) for the so-called flyaway cost. FMS deals include logistics, training and other support...
  • F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target
    F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target 31 January 2020
    A new problem has emerged, described as critical level, in the F-35 Lightning II, which was facing many troubles since the program started. In the statement made by the Pentagon, it was stated that the GAU-12 Equalizer guns of the F-35A Lightning IIs have accuracy problems in ground attack missions. Software errors were noted as the cause of the hit problem. It was also revealed that the strong recoil of the 25mm diameter gun caused cracks in the gun housing. For these reasons, it w...
  • Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft
    Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft 2 January 2020
    The US Senate halted plans temporarily LRIP F-35A Lightning aircraft using as Aggressor. With the modern aircraft development projects in Russia and China with low radar cross-sectional area, the US Air Force began preparations to take measures against the fifth generation threats coming from the east. In this context, the plan of using LRIP F-35A Lightning IIs as "Aggressor" missions has been temporarily suspended. The decision of the F-35As, which was postponed to a late...
  • What is the Real Price of F-35?
    What is the Real Price of F-35? 5 November 2019
    The news that the F-35A price tag will be lower than 80 million USD was a piece of sensational news. It meant that a government could decide to acquire either F-16 or F-35 as the price difference was almost less than 20 million USD per copy.  Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a different perspective on the price tag. According to the nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes overpriced military spending Pentagon is trying to deceive by obscuring F100 Million...
  • F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter
    F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter 4 November 2019
    An incredible blunder was made by the Dutch to 'unveil' their first F-35 multi-role F-35 multi-role operational stealth fighter jet. The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrated with an event the launch of its first stealth F-35 fighter aircraft, but an unexpected blunder spoiled the event, with many staying awake. In particular, the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) was coated with fire-retardant foam instead of water, ...
  • F35 Reinforce to the Republic of Korea
    F35 Reinforce to the Republic of Korea 24 April 2019
    Two F-35A stealth fighters arrived in the Republic of Korea for the first time. According to The Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), F-35As arrived at the airbase in Cheongju and an official deployment ceremony will take place in the next two months. The two planes will undergo domestic processes to be combat-deployed to the Air Force, DAPA said. In 2014, the Republic of Korea decided to purchase 40 F-35As for deployment with about $6.8 billion, the biggest amount for...
  • Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash
    Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash 18 April 2019
      Japanese Ministry of Defence stated that Japanese F-35A fighters suffered seven emergency landings since entering service, before one crashed in the Pacific Ocean on April 9. Japan has 13 F-35 in its fleet. The emergency landings took place between June 2017 and January 2019 during flight tests and drills, Japanese daily Mainichi reported on Wednesday. Mainichi states that, of the 13 aircraft in service with the Japan Air Self-Defence Force, five have been...
  • Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed
    Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed 10 April 2019
    The Japan Air Self-Defence Force confirmed Wednesday morning local time that a missing F-35A has crashed. The pilot remains missing. The crashed aircraft, which the JASDF identified as serial number 79-8705, was the first of 13 Japanese F-35As assembled so far by Mitsubishi’s final assembly and check out facility in Nagoya. Japan had only stood up its first F-35A squadron at the end of last month, with the 302nd Hikotai established in Misawa with 13 F-35As following its transfer from Hy...
  • Republic of Korea Receives First F-35A Stealth Fighters
    Republic of Korea Receives First F-35A Stealth Fighters 30 March 2019
    The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) received first two F-35A ( Conventional Take Off and Landing /CTOL) fighter jets at a key base in country to join the ranks of Asia's few radar-evading warplane operators, Seoul's arms procurement agency Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. Two F-35s arrived at an air base in Cheong Ju, 140 kilometres south of Seoul, after several stopovers for refuelling following their departure from Luke Air Force Base i...
  • Pentagon agreed with Lockheed on 11th batch of F-35s
    Pentagon agreed with Lockheed on 11th batch of F-35s 15 July 2018
    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin agreed on the eleventh batch of F-35 joint strike fighters according to Defence News. The Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) lot 11 production order is the largest so far for the F-35 program. It includes 141 jets for U.S. and international customers. “The JPO and Lockheed Martin have made progress and are in the final stages of negotiation on the Lot 11 production contract,” Defence News quoted Ellen Lord, the Pentagon’s undersecre...
  • F-22 Raptors replace F-35As for Indo-Pacific Command
    F-22 Raptors replace F-35As for Indo-Pacific Command 4 June 2018
    The F-22 Raptor has deployed to the Pacific as part of a theatre security mission, swapping in for the Air Force's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The F-22s will align under the newly renamed U.S. Indo-Pacific Command while in the region. F-35As recently returned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, from Kadena after a six-month rotation in theatre. The mission marked the first operational deployment overseas for the Air Force's version of the Joint Strike Fighter. Defence Sec...
  • TCG Trakya, On The Way
    TCG Trakya, On The Way 22 May 2018
    As Turkey counts down for delivery of the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft, another development came into light of the Turkish Navy front. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the service plans to supply a total of 32 short-takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft. Today, there are two aircraft models with this feature and one is to retire. For this reason, the service is considering Lockheed Martin's F-35B aircraft program. According to t...
  • India Set Eyes On F-35s
    India Set Eyes On F-35s 15 February 2018
    According to Business Standard, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is increasingly interested in procuring the US F-35 Lightning II. Business Standard learnt the IAF top officials are formally requesting for a classified briefing by the F-35’s prime builder, Lockheed Martin, on the capabilities of the sophisticated, fifth-generation fighter developed under the US Joint Strike Fighter programme. A classified briefing would require formal clearance from the US Department of Defence...
  • USAF Requests %12 Budget Boost in FY2019
    USAF Requests %12 Budget Boost in FY2019 13 February 2018
    The US Air Force’s proposed budget for FY2019 calls for a 12 percent increase from FY2018 and includes increasing the number of F-35As, KC-46 tankers, MQ-9 Reapers.  According to budget documents released by the Pentagon Monday, the Air Force hopes to acquire 48 F-35A fighters in 2019 along with 15 KC-46 tankers which is the same as in the previous two years. Planning to retire MQ-1s starting from this year, USAF wants to buy 29 MQ-9s as replacement.  ...
  • First Cameri FACO F-35B Delivery to Italy
    First Cameri FACO F-35B Delivery to Italy 26 January 2018
    Italian Navy has received its first Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35B Lightning II aircraft assembled at the Final Assembly and Checkout (FACO) in Cameri, Italy on 25 January. This is the first F-35B built outside the United States. Cameri FACO, the first F-35B production facility outside the US, has so far delivered nine F-35As and one F-35B. The facility is also set to produce 29 F-35As for the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
  • Korea Republic is said to buy another 20 F-35As
    Korea Republic is said to buy another 20 F-35As 23 December 2017
    Korea Republic Daily “Joongang Ilbo” claims that Seoul is preparing to place another order for 20 F-35As.According to Daily,  country’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration is said to have started the administrative process. In 2014, The country formally announced their plan to buy 40 F-35As.
  • Icy Runway Tests of F-35
    Icy Runway Tests of F-35 28 November 2017
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is undergoing extreme weather testing on icy runways at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, in order to pass its drag chute certification a requirement for Norway’s version of the jets, Lockheed Martin said in a release on Monday. Norway has welcomed its first three F-35As to Ørland Air Base for permanent basing earlier this month. “This initial testing is the first of two phases to ensure the F-35A can operate in...
  • GBU-49 Integration To F-35A To Be Completed in 2017
    GBU-49 Integration To F-35A To Be Completed in 2017 28 September 2017
    Director of the F-35 Joint Program Office Admiral Mathias W. Winter told Defense News at the Air Force Association conference last week that the GBU-49, which will provide F-35As with the ability to hit moving targets, has passed “fit checks”, “all of the other integration” and “all of the normal weapons integration” including form, fit and function.  The aircraft’s most recent software iteration does not include spe...
  • Lightning II at Paris Air Show
    Lightning II at Paris Air Show 19 June 2017
    Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will be making its debut at this year's Paris Air Show. Two F-35As from Hill and Luke Air Force Base (AFB) will perform demonstration flights during the event.  Reportedly, Lockheed is also in the final stages of negotiating a deal worth more than $37 billion for 440 F-35 fighter aircraft to be supplied to Australia, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, the Republic ...
  • F-35A Oxygen Problem
    F-35A Oxygen Problem 10 June 2017
    The US Air Force has suspended operations of five F-35As due to oxygen deficiency. According to the announcement of the service, the pilots of Arizona Luke Air Base have experienced oxygen deficiency five times in the last month. As the life support system shut down, oxygen tubes kicked in and before the pilots lose consciousness, the mission was cancelled. The service halted the flights of F-35As until Monday to find out the origin of the problem.
  • Japan Doubled Domestic 'Stealth's
    Japan Doubled Domestic 'Stealth's 7 June 2017
    Japan rolled out the first F-35 (AX-5 "79-8705") assembled at Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries'  F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility in Nagoya on Monday. Lockheed Martin has delivered four F-35As from its Fort Worth line to the Japan Air Self Defense Force, but out of 42 aircraft purchased the remaining 38 F-35s will be assembled in at the Nagoya FACO. AX-5 will be used for flight training purposes. The US Department of D...
  • USAF F-35As Deployed in Bulgaria
    USAF F-35As Deployed in Bulgaria 2 May 2017
    Two US F-35 Lightning II aircraft and about 20 supporting airmen arrived in Bulgaria this week from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, as part of a deployment that will provide pilots the opportunity to engage in familiarization training within Europe. The F-35As are participating in the first training deployment to Europe. This long-planned deployment will bolster the US commitment to security and stability throughout Europe, the United States European Command...
  • F-35 Solution For Extreme Weather
    F-35 Solution For Extreme Weather 20 April 2017
    Norway has begun testing of the braking parachute for use on on its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35As on 16 April. The initial phase of the tests is being conducted at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in order to evaluate how the drogue parachute would function on dry and wet runways. The second phase, running until early 2018 at Eielson AFB in Alaska, will see the performance of parachute braking system on icy runways. All trials will be performed with test aircr...
  • USAF F-35As' First Overseas Deployment Begins
    USAF F-35As' First Overseas Deployment Begins 19 April 2017
    The US Air Force (USAF) has begun its first operational overseas deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) on 15 April in UK. The aircraft will conduct a training and NATO reassurance mission throughout Europe for several weeks.
  • USAF F-35A deploys to Europe
    USAF F-35A deploys to Europe 16 April 2017
    US Air Force will deploy a small squadron of the F-35As to Europe for training with NATO allies, marking the F-35A’s first international deployment. As part of a long-planned effort within the European Reassurance Initiative, the squadron will train for several weeks with other US and NATO aircraft in Europe, the US Defense Department says in a 14 April statement. The USAF plans to release more information about the training effort once the aircraft arrive in Europe, according to t...
  • Japan’s 2017 defence budget includes funds for 6 F-35As
    Japan’s 2017 defence budget includes funds for 6 F-35As 24 December 2016
    Japan’s new defence budget that will be effective in April allocates $749 million for six F-35As. These jets will eventually be deployed at Misawa Air Base. Money will also be allocated for the procurement of the SM-3 Block II A interceptors and procurement of new submarine model with improved sensor capability. Japan aims to expand its fleet to 22 submarines from 16.
  • The First Operational F-35 Goes To Italy
    The First Operational F-35 Goes To Italy 20 December 2016
    Following the delivery of two F-35As on 12 December, Italy became the first country outside US to receive operational F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft. Israel has also taken delivery of F-35 Adirs on the same day, however as the delivery was delayed due to heavy fog, Italian Air Force became the first country to receive the operational aircraft on its soil. Italy is to replace its Tornado and Alenia-Embraer AMX aircraft with F-35A variant, while F-35Bs are to re...
  • F-16s and F-35As have started their integrated training
    F-16s and F-35As have started their integrated training 3 December 2016
    US air force has announced that The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base has started integrated direct support training for the F-16 and F-35A since October. One of the two major training goals is to give F-35 and F-16 pilots experience in carrying out joint strike missions. The integrated training comes as part of the next step in the development of F-35 training and tactics, and helps pilots become efficient in conducting futuristic mission sets and aerial combat scenarios inv...
  • LRIP 9 Deal is Finally Closed
    LRIP 9 Deal is Finally Closed 3 November 2016
    After a 15-month negotiation process, Lockheed Martin (LM) finally closed the deal regarding the ninth lot of low-rate initial production (LRIP 9) of F-35s. In the frame of $6,1 million-contract, LM will deliver 57 F-35 airframes, consisting of 42 F-35As, 13 F-35Bs and two F-35Cs. Lockheed had to decrease its offer by 3,7 percent comparing with the contract signed in December 2014.
  • Japan's First F-35A on Display
    Japan's First F-35A on Display 28 September 2016
    Lockheed Martin rolled out the first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II on 23 September at the company’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Japan’s State Minister of Defense referred the F-35 in his speech as the most advanced air system with cutting-edge capability as a multi-role fighter. Japan signed an agreement for 42 F-35As with Lockheed Martin in June 2012 to replace aging F-4 “Kai” Phantom fleet, enhancing the Japan-US alliance in military by t...
  • USAF's F-35As Grounded
    USAF's F-35As Grounded 19 September 2016
    Two Norwegian and 13 USAF F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft have been temporarily grounded due to peeling and crumbling insulation in avionics cooling lines. Announced on 16 September, the issue was discovered during depot modification of an F-35A. The parts that caused the problem might be used in 42 aircraft currently in production line and a total of 57 aircraft might be affected by this issue. According to Lockheed Martin, the problem originates from one supplier and is co...
  • Israel's F-35A Adir completed its first flight
    Israel's F-35A Adir completed its first flight 30 July 2016
    Lockheed Martin completed the first flight of Israel’s F-35A Adir on 25 July. The aircraft was rolled out at company’s Fort Worth site in Texas on 22 June. Israel so far ordered 33 conventional take-off and landing F-35A. Israel’s first two F-35As – AS-1 and AS-2 – are scheduled to arrive at Nevatim Air Base on 12 December, where they will be used to support initial pilot training activities.
  • Lockheed Martin Rolls out Israel's First F-35 'Adir' 24 June 2016
    Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first F-35A fighter for Israel at its F-35 factory in Fort Worth, Texas. Israel has 33 F-35As on order, the first two of which will fly to Israel in mid-December for modification and upgrade. "Israel is proud to be the first country in the area to receive and operate it," said Avigdor Liberman, Israel's Minister of Defence. According to Israeli media reports, Israel is paying $110 million for each of the first 33 F-35s it has ordered ...
  • US Can’t Afford Its Fighter Jets after 2021 24 May 2016
    The US Air Force will not be able to afford the fighter aircraft it needs after 2021 if the service’s current budget top line doesn’t change, according to the Pentagon’s latest annual aviation, inventory and funding plan Fiscal Year 2017 report. According to report “The Air Force has insufficient resources to maintain the FY 2016 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) mandated number of aircraft (1900) beyond the 2017-2021 FYPD (National Defense Authorizat...
  • F-35's International Debut to be in the Netherlands 14 April 2016
    The F-35 joint strike fighter will make its international debut this summer at Netherlands. The F-35’s appearance at the Dutch air show comes ahead of the planned international debut of the JSF at the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom in July. Two US Air Force F-35As and two US Marine Corps F-35Bs are scheduled to fly over from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, for the events. At least one Dutch F-35A will appear at the Leeuwarden Air Show in the Ne...
  • F-35s to be deployed to Alaska 5 April 2016
    Air Force's first operational F-35 joint strike fighters in the Pacific theatre will be Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. First two squadrons of F-35As will join the wing's F-16 squadrons currently assigned to Eielson which is a base outside of the continental United States. The decision to base two F-35 squadrons at Eielson, combined with the existing F-22s at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, will double the Air Force's fifth-generation fighter aircraft presence in the Pacific aren...