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  • Singapore to Acquire F-35s
    Singapore to Acquire F-35s February 16 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 February 14 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 January 25 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 January 10 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? November 5 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 October 20 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 August 27 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 August 9 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 May 1 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 February 15 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 December 20 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 December 19 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 November 30 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 November 28 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 November 20 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 November 17 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 November 9 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 November 6 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 November 6 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 October 27 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 October 17 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 October 17 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 October 7 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 October 4 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 October 1 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 September 30 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 September 29 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 September 28 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 September 11 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 August 31 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...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth Sets Off For F-35B Fighter Jet Trials
    HMS Queen Elizabeth Sets Off For F-35B Fighter Jet Trials August 20 2018
    Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth departed her home port of Portsmouth on Aug. 18, bound for the USA where she will take on board F-35B STOVL jet fighters for the very first time. The Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier will begin trials with her first F-35 jets. The aircraft that will be landing on the supercarrier will belong to the Joint Operational Test team. The team’s mission is to build confidence in the aircraft towards helping clear the F-35 to make the legall...
  • Italy will stop buying more F-35 fighter jets
    Italy will stop buying more F-35 fighter jets July 7 2018
    Italy will not buy more Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and is considering whether to stick to the order to which it is already committed, Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said on Friday. According to the official U.S. government program of record, Italy’s intention was to procure a total of 90 F-35s. Under the current plan, Aeronautica Militare is programmed to receive 60 F-35A CTOLs and 15 F-35B STOVLs, while Marina Militare is programmed to acquire 15 F-35B STOVLs....
  • Uncertainty at F-35 Lightning II
    Uncertainty at F-35 Lightning II June 20 2018
    The United Kingdom is undecided to increase the capabilities of its F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Minister for Defence Procurement Guto Bebb explained that it is still unclear whether the Distributed Aperture System (DAS) developed by Raytheon will be integrated into the Royal Air Force aircraft or not. The statement also include that DAS could be included in the upgrade program with other future systems, and that there is no negotiation on pricing yet. Five days after ...
  • Lockheed Martin, Delivers 300th F-35 Fighter
    Lockheed Martin, Delivers 300th F-35 Fighter June 13 2018
    The 300th production-standard F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) was delivered by Lockheed Martin and the Joint Program Office (JPO) on 11 June. With the 300th aircraft being a conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A for the US Air Force (USAF), 197 F-35A, 75 F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL), and 28 F-35C carrier variant (CV) JSFs have now been delivered to US and international customers. The 300th aircraft is a U.S. Air Force F-35A, to be delivered to Hill A...
  • British F-35Bs arrived UK
    British F-35Bs arrived UK June 7 2018
    The first of Britain’s new F-35B aircraft arrived into RAF Marham their new home in Norfolk. Fighters arrived two months ahead of schedule, having completed a nonstop flight from South Carolina. Describing the F-35 as "the most advanced and dynamic fighter jet in our history," chief of the air staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier says: "With its stealth and other world-beating technologies, the F-35 Lightning takes the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy to a ...
  • Modified F-35C Back at Eglin AFB After Seven Months
    Modified F-35C Back at Eglin AFB After Seven Months May 24 2018
    The Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East has delivered the first modified US Navy F-35C Lightning II on 17 May. FRC East modified and delivered the aircraft seven months after it received the F-35C in November 2017. The US Navy aircraft underwent required structural modifications and other upgrades and returned to Eglin Air Force Base.  FRC East also performs maintenance work on F-35A and F-35B variants. 
  • TCG Trakya, On The Way
    TCG Trakya, On The Way May 22 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...
  • F-35 Completes Developmental Flight Tests
    F-35 Completes Developmental Flight Tests April 13 2018
    The F-35 program has accomplished the final developmental test flight of the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program, announced on 12 April. The completion of developmental flight test program came 11 years after the first flight of AA-1 in 2006. Since then, F-35 flight test programme has conducted more than 9,200 sorties spanning over 17,000 hours. During this time, it has executed more than 65,000 test points to verify the design, durability, software, sens...
  • TCG Anadolu To Be Delivered in 2021
    TCG Anadolu To Be Delivered in 2021 March 25 2018
    Sedef Shipyard, who built Turkey's first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) TCG Anadolu, announced the delivery date of the vessel. Sedef Shipyard Chairman Metin Kalkavan, who participated in the live broadcast of Bloomberg HT, announced that the LHD ship would enter service with the Naval Forces Command in 2021. Kalkavan said TCG Anadolu is able to accommodate 450 personnel and can carry up to 5 thousand people during a rescue mission adding that F-35Bs can take-off and land on the vesse...
  • F-35Bs Join USS Wasp for Deployment
    F-35Bs Join USS Wasp for Deployment March 7 2018
    A detachment of F-35B Lightning II's with Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) March 5, marking the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific. The F-35B, assigned under the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, will provide a robust set of sea-based capabilities that will enhance Navy-Marine Corps expeditionary operations. The aircraft...

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