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  • First Phalanx to Prince of Wales
    First Phalanx to Prince of Wales 6 July 2020
    The Royal Navy's HMS Prince of Wales (R09) aircraft carrier is equipped with the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS). According to a post on the Navy's official Twitter account, the Queen Elizabeth-class HMS Prince of Wales will be able to carry out its close air defence mission with General Dynamics production Phalanx. The platform, which is the Navy's second aircraft carrier, plans to deploy 40 F-35B Lightning II and Merlin helicopters. The platfo...
  • Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins
    Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins 3 July 2020
    Japan, which can have neither deep-strike capable armed forces nor an aircraft carrier due to law restrictions, has begun the upgrade of the Izumo-class helicopter destroyers. Japan has announced the start of the necessary upgrade works for the F-35B Lightning II operation of the Izumo class JS Izumo (DDH 183) and JS Kaga (DDH 184) helicopter destroyers. Tokyo will thus have ship-based fixed-wing air force for the first time since WWII. Platforms that are not specifie...
  • F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning
    F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning 25 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, can not get rid of problems although equipped with the state-of-the-art components, can't fly with lightning. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) detected damage on lightning protection system in one of the platform's most common models, the F-35A Lightning II. The problem was detected during routine Depot Leve Maintenance performed at the Hill Air Force Base Ogden Logistics Complex. It was announced that the problem was damage in one of the gas cylin...
  • No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II
    No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II 16 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II has three different variant that use conventional take-off (CTOL / Conventional Take-Off and Landing / F-35A), STOVL (Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing / F-35B) and CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off but Arrested Landing / F-35C) methods. Thus, platforms have some structural changes for these abilities. F-35B Lightning IIs of the Royal Air Force (RAF) will fly without a cannon. The UK Ministry of Defence said in a statement that there is currently no gun po...
  • Jet UAV Alternative for F-35B Lightning II
    Jet UAV Alternative for F-35B Lightning II 8 June 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir has been a live broadcast guest on NTV. Answering the questions on the Turkish defence sector, Professor. Dr. Demir made important statements about TCG Anadolu and UAVs. UAV use for the TCG Anadolu (L 400), which was built within the scope of the amphibious platform requirements of the Turkish Navy, came back to the agenda. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Demir stated that the use of UAVs in various classes is on ...
  • 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...
  • Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration
    Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration 11 May 2020
    The Italian Navy's ITS Cavour (550) aircraft carrier has been undergoing through the modernization process since 2018. The platform, which recently completed the process, has been ready for integration tests for the F-35B (STOVL) aircraft. The F-35 will replace AV-8B Harrier II on the aircraft carrier, which has been drawn to the Edgardo Ferrati dry pool for about two years for the necessary maintenance and modernization process. The upgrades included a reinforced flight de...
  • Problems do not end in F-35
    Problems do not end in F-35 26 April 2020
    The problems of the F-35 Lightning II planes created by the USA within the framework of the joint attack aircraft program do not stop. Restrictions on the F-35B and F-35C aircraft used by the U.S. Navy and Navy Infantry are expected to become permanent. According to three signed reports in the US-based Defence News Magazine, the B and C versions of the F-35 can fly for a short period. Otherwise, structural damage may occur on the outer cover of the aircraft, which prevents it from b...
  • US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies
    US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies 19 April 2020
    The F-35 Lightning II, Joint Program Office's (JPO) twitter account, said that the US Air Force F-35A fighter plane was flying within the responsibility area of ​​the US Central Forces Command (CENTCOM). While it was announced that the plane was flying in the Al-Tanf region of Syria, no further details were provided on the subject. Al-Tanf Region, also known as "Tanf At", is a military base in the Homs Governorate of Syria, 24 km west of the Al-Tanf border crossing in ...
  • New LHD Delivered to US Navy
    New LHD Delivered to US Navy 1 March 2020
    US Navy, which continues to studies at full capacity to maintain and modernize amphibious assault capability, the received its new LHD. The acceptance of the new platform, which was built by the main contractor, Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipyard, was completed after the navy acceptance trials. The ship, which is expected to significantly increase the force transport capability of the US Marine Corps, stands out with its features such as expanded hangar ...
  • Singapore to Acquire F-35s
    Singapore to Acquire F-35s 16 February 2020
    Singapore’s Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Kelvin Khong has given green light for F-35 fighter jet even though he acknowledged that logistics remain as a problem to be solved. In a written reply to questions by the media, Maj. Khong said that the first four F-35Bs that Singapore is looking to buy would be located in the continental United States for initial training and testing. Khong said that although most of the F-35’s developmental issues have been resolved in r...
  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall 14 February 2020
    The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, mainly from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall. The plan, which came from the Department of Homeland Security in January, will be officially released by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. A list of talking points was sent across the Pentagon earlier today, noting that the money will go toward funding a 230-mile long wall. The biggest item on the list is a $650 million Ame...
  • HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials
    HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials 25 January 2020
    HMS Queen Elizabeth gets Closer to Becoming Operational as Carrier Leaves For Trials The Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth has left Portsmouth for her first flight trials with British F-35B fighter jets in UK waters. During the flight trials, it is expected British F-35Bs will make their first landings on Queen Elizabeth in UK waters. Six pilots, from the Navy and RAF, will carry out their aircraft carrier qualification during that time. Last year, HMS Queen Elizabeth spent a few...
  • Singapore gets the green light to buy F-35s
    Singapore gets the green light to buy F-35s 10 January 2020
    The U.S. government on Thursday formally approved Singapore to become the next customer of the F-35 joint strike fighter. Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced that the country would submit a letter of request to the U.S. government to purchase four F-35B, with the intention of a total of 12 B models with at an estimated cost of $2.75 billion, according to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency. Singapore typically buys its fighter aircraft in small batches.
  • 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...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time 20 October 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • Redesign for F-35B
    Redesign for F-35B 27 August 2019
    Japan recently announced plans to convert helicopter carrier JDS Izumo (DDH-183) and her sister JDS Kaga (DDH-184), of the Izumo ‘helicopter destroyer’ class, into light aircraft carriers capable of operating F-35B jets. Japan is completing modifications necessary to support F-35B flight operations from the helicopter carrier, local media have reported. The government has also approved a plan to purchase U.S.-made F-35B fighter jets which have short take-off and vertical landing c...
  • Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question
    Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question 9 August 2019
    Turkish- US struggle on S-400 air defence system/ F-35 aircraft resulted as the US claimed. Despite being one of the partners, Turkey’s contribution program was suspended as a result of a unilateral decision of the United States.  The process brought to mind the question of aircraft to be used instead of the conventional F-35 aircraft in Turkey. Russia's Su-57 and SU-35 aircraft were brought to the discussion table. At this stage, European products might be an alternative ...
  • F-35B Signal from Naval Forces
    F-35B Signal from Naval Forces 1 May 2019
    As the Naval Command's Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) is on its way, it was revealed that the Navy is in need of trained jet pilots. At IDEF'19 held in Istanbul, Italian company Leonardo and the Italian Air Force held a joint presentation at IDEF. The presentation gave information about the International Flight Training School (IFTS), which provides many types of flight training in the south of Italy. According to the statement, the cooperation of the duo, military pilot...
  • Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile
    Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile 15 February 2019
      Two Rafale, from the French Air Force and the French Navy, carried out the first two test shots of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile on 13 February 2019. The French defence ministry ministry announced that two Rafale participated on February 13, 2019 in the first two experimental shots of the missile Meteor. It was a Rafale piloted by personnel from the Air Force, Center of Expertise (CEAM) and a Rafale Marine with a pilot from the Center for Practical Experi...
  • Additional F-35 Lightning II
    Additional F-35 Lightning II 20 December 2018
    Japan will be the largest foreign F-35 Lightning II user, after confirming the giant defence budget.   In the investment to be made to the Japanese Self Defence Force, it is foreseen that the Izumo class amphibious assault ships will have the necessary infrastructure for the use of F-35B Lightning II. A ramp called a ski-jump will be integrated on the bow sections of the platforms and the runway coatings will be made resistible to the hot exhaust gas of the F-35B. Aft...
  • Japan Returns to the Past
    Japan Returns to the Past 19 December 2018
    A new defence breakthrough came from the Far East, where stressing winds never rested. Japan has approved the five-year giant defence budget. As part of the budget approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan plans to invest US $ 242 billion in defence. It is aimed to improve the ballistic missile defence system within the scope of the five-year period. In addition, 100 F-35 Lightning II procurement is planned from this budget. The main point of the decision is the Izumo class LHD platforms. ...
  • Japan Wants More F-35s and Aircraft Carrier Ship
    Japan Wants More F-35s and Aircraft Carrier Ship 30 November 2018
    Japan is considering buying up to 100 F-35 stealth fighters from the US for more than USD 8.8 billion as it seeks to counter China's growing military presence in the region, The Japanese Nikkei business newspaper reported that the Japanese government is preparing to order another 100 F-35 jets in order to replace some of aging F-15s. In addition, the country is once more considering converting a helicopter carrier to aircraft carrier one that can accommodate ‘multi purpose airc...
  • Queen has Completed F-35B Tests
    Queen has Completed F-35B Tests 28 November 2018
    Royal Navy announced the completion of the F-35B Lightning II trials on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08). With the completion of the trials, an important milestone was left behind for the B model F-35 aircraft and the Royal Navy. In the development testing-2 (DT-2) phase, pilots, ship-based maintenance personnel and ground support personnel gained significant experience about the fifth-generation aircraft operation. 85 sorties were conducted during the tests. In this process, aircra...
  • UK to double F-35 fleet: British Defence Secretary
    UK to double F-35 fleet: British Defence Secretary 20 November 2018
    The multi-million-pound contract signed will see the UK own 35 stealth jets by end of 2022 with Britain manufacturing 15% of the overall global order for 255 aircraft. The UK is set to double its number of world-beating F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. The 17 new F-35B aircraft will be delivered between 2020 and 2022 and will complement the 16 British aircraft currently based at RAF Marham and in t...
  • 138 F-35 for UK
    138 F-35 for UK 17 November 2018
      UK will get minimum 48 F-35B to generate two front-line squadrons of F-35B Lightning’s by 2023.   British Ministry of Defence revealed its F-35B acquisition plans. Ministry answered Lord West of Spithead’s question about the minimum buy of F-35B aircraft to ensure the ability to deploy two carriers with the planned 35 jets on each carrier in a national emergency.   Lord’s question referred F-35Bs as “Se...
  • Turkish Navy Aims F-35B
    Turkish Navy Aims F-35B 9 November 2018
    Turkish Navy wants to deploy the F-35B Lightning II on board the TCG Anadolu which is under construction. The efficiency of the ship, which will be an important multiplier for the Turkish Navy's amphibious assault force, will be increased with the F-35B Lightning II aircraft. In this direction, some studies are being carried out in the headquarters. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the necessary infrastructure and preliminary works are in progress before the f...
  • Sector News Issue 67 6 November 2018
    New Tasks for F-35B Catamaran Type Aircraft Carrier Long-Range SAM for FREMM Japanese Battery Extends Range Meteksan Throws a “Lasso” at Missile TUSAŞ’s ATAK Move TB2 Features TEI Engine ASELSAN Launches NAR SOM was Inked FNSS STAs in Serial Production  
  • Second Phase in F-35B Tests
    Second Phase in F-35B Tests 6 November 2018
    HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08) began the second testing phase with F-35B Lightning II aircraft. In the second phase, more challenging conditions will be experienced. At this stage, aircrafts will be able to experience landing and take-off in harder wind conditions. In addition, ship and aircraft handling and weapons loading tests will be performed with ship facilities. Aircrafts and crew will perform external storage tests, minimum performance short take-off and SRVL (Shipborne Rolling ...
  • Some F-35Bs Grounded Again 27 October 2018
    The F-35 Joint Program Office has temporarily halted flight operations for a number of F-35Bs. A spokesman for the F-35 JPO, who confirmed the issue exclusively to Defence News and Marine Corps Times, stated F-35Bs with higher flight hours were halted from flight as two new parts were found that will require further inspection.  One source close to the program said that only a couple dozen F-35Bs meet the criteria where an operational pause would be necessary. Some of the older...
  • Tube Problems at British F-35 Lightning IIs 17 October 2018
    The United Kingdom has announced that a number of problems have been detected on F-35B Lightning II aircraft. The F-35 Joint Program Office conducted a detailed inspection of the Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning II aircraft. As a result of this inspection, it was determined that five F-35B Lightning II required a replacement of the fuel tube. Aircrafts which have problem are grounded.   There are currently 16 F-35B Lightning II inventory of Royal Air Force. Some of the...
  • UK Invents New Landing Technique for F-35B 17 October 2018
    The UK has for the first time tested an experimental Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing (SRVL) technique at sea using a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning. BAE Systems test pilot Peter Wilson performed the manoeuvre while recovering to the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in mid-October, the UK Ministry of Defence confirms. The manoeuvre allows aircraft to use both the vertical thrust from the jet engine and lift from the wings, thus maximising the payload an a...
  • F-35B Shoots with HIMARS
    F-35B Shoots with HIMARS 7 October 2018
    The U.S. Marine Corps were able to link the F-35B to a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and help the HIMARS achieve a rocket shot by sharing of data. Lt. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, deputy commandant for aviation, told the audience at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies on Oct. 5. The shot was all done through data link, according to Rudder. The F-35 used sensors and pushed data about the location of the target that was then fed to a HIMARS s...
  • Queen of Night
    Queen of Night 4 October 2018
    The Royal Navy's F-35B Lightning II aircrafts have begun the night take-off and landing tests on board Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08). This is an important milestone for the Royal Navy. After the retirement of the HMS Illustrious (R 06), there was no platform capable of carrying a jet aircraft of Royal Navy. The night tests were started primarily in dim lighting conditions so that the pilots could get used to it. Then, next training phase which ar...
  • Cost of F-35 is Reduced
    Cost of F-35 is Reduced 1 October 2018
    The US Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin have finalised an $11.5 billion contract for the production and delivery of 141 F-35 aircraft at the lowest per aircraft price in programme history. The US Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin signed a new agreement costs $ 11.5 billion. With this agreement, the prices of the F-35 Lightning II unit saw the lowest price they had reached during the program. In this package, 141 F-35 Lightning II will be delivered. The cos...
  • F-35B Jets Have Landed On Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth 30 September 2018
    On the 25th of September Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray landed an F-35B on HMS Queen Elizabeth. He was followed by Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, RAF, both of whom are test pilots, operating with the Integrated Test Force (ITF) based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The largest warship in British history is joining forces with the most advanced fighter jets on the planet. This marks a rebirth of ou...
  • F35B Crashed in US
    F35B Crashed in US 29 September 2018
    The US military has suffered the first crash in its F-35 fighter jet programme. A F-35B jet came down in South Carolina, the Marine Corps said. The pilot managed to safely eject and there were no injuries. The Marines said in a statement that an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
  • US F-35 Conducts First-Ever Airstrike
    US F-35 Conducts First-Ever Airstrike 28 September 2018
    The US military's F-35B joint strike fighter conducted its first-ever airstrike on Thursday, according to the US Marine Corps and three US defence officials. F-35B neutralized Taliban targets in Afghanistan. The aircraft involved were the US Marine Corps' variant of the aircraft flying from the USS Essex amphibious assault ship. The Marines confirmed the strike in a statement: "During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearanc...
  • F-35B Alternative for Dokdo
    F-35B Alternative for Dokdo 11 September 2018
    The Republic of Korea is considering the use of the F-35B Lightning II on Dokdo Class amphibious assault ships. According to the Yonhap News Agency, the Republic of Korea Navy has shared a public statement about the countries that have evaluated the deployment of F-35B Lightning II in the Defense Acquisition Program Administration's (EPA's) electronic defense system supply and underwater platforms. In addition, the Republic of Korea was begun preliminary work for the deploym...
  • British-F-35B Conducts Trials With UK-Built Weapons
    British-F-35B Conducts Trials With UK-Built Weapons 31 August 2018
    The UK’s F-35B Lightning has conducted its first trials armed with UK-built weapons, Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew has said. Defence Minister Stuart Andrew revealed that a British F-35 Lightning jet reached the landmark milestone whilst he was on a visit to the Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) in Wales. The jet, which was flown by a British pilot from RAF 17 Squadron, took to the skies from Edwards Air Force base in southern California fo...

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