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  • TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II
    TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II 5 July 2020
    The F-35C Lightning II, which is expected to reshape the aircraft carrier-based fixed-wing force dimensions with its fifth-generation capabilities, will also serve with the top aviators. The first group trainees selected among the pilots of the F-35C Lightning IIs in the US Navy inventory completed the TOPGUN course, the most extensive combat training process of the US Navy. Thus, volatile personnel affiliated with VFA-125 (Strike Fighter Squadron-125 "Rough Raiders") and ...
  • 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...
  • Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C
    Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C 27 May 2020
    Processes are progressing in the F-35C Lightning II, the first fifth generation CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-off But Arrested Landing) aircraft. A video about the F-35C Lightning II tests was shared on social media. In the images, the platform sunk dangerously after being released from the catapult shuttle. However, the aircraft climbed up without risking flight safety. Video shared with "Something you don’t see everyday...low energy catapult launch! That sink is ...
  • 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...
  • First USMC F-35C is Operational
    First USMC F-35C is Operational 24 January 2020
    The USA left another important milestone behind the F-35C Lightning II aircraft. Five years after the delivery of first F-35C Lightning II (serial number 114), the first US Marine Corps operational unit received the F-35C Lightning II. The platform, which will be used for pilot training missions first, was assigned to VMFA 314 "Black Nights" (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron). The unit, which stopped flights with F/A-18 Hornet aircraft in June of last year, en...
  • 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...
  • US Declares F-35C IOC
    US Declares F-35C IOC 4 March 2019
    The US Navy declared that its F-35C Joint Strike Fighter was operationally ready to deploy and conduct missions around the world. The F-35C Lightning II, the aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, has met all requirements and has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the commander of Naval Air Forces and the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation announced Feb. 28 in a joint statement. To declare IOC, the first operational squadron must be properly manned, ...
  • Unmanned Tanker to Refuel Fighter Jets In Flight
    Unmanned Tanker to Refuel Fighter Jets In Flight 21 December 2018
    Boeing has secured a $90.4 million contract to deliver the MQ-25A Stingray to the US Navy. Boeing Defence, Space & Security recently won a contract to design, develop, fabricate, test, deliver, and support four MQ-25A Stingray unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), integrating them into the aircraft carrier air wing.  “Once operational, the MQ-25A Stingray will be the world’s first carrier-based, unmanned aircraft, providing a robust organic refuelling capabili...
  • F-35C, Super Hornet Damaged During At-Sea Aerial Refuelling 6 September 2018
    An F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter flying from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was damaged during an aerial refuelling exercise, in the first major flight accident for the carrier version of the JSF. The engine of an F-35Cwas damaged while receiving fuel from an F/A-18F Super Hornet on Aug. 22. Debris from an aerial refuelling basket was ingested into the F-35C’s engine intake, resulting in the damage, Naval Air Forces Atlantic spokesman Cmdr. Dave Hecht said on Tuesday.<...
  • F-35 Helmets Prevents Pilots from Night Carrier Landings
    F-35 Helmets Prevents Pilots from Night Carrier Landings 30 August 2018
    The US Navy is trying to fix a bug in its F-35 helmets that first appeared in 2012 and that prevents pilots from seeing a carrier's lights at night. Meanwhile, it only allows pilots with over 50 deck landings to land on carriers at night. F-35C pilots describe the bug as a green glow created by the LED technology in the Generation III helmet-mounted display, which spills over and prevents them from seeing a carrier's lights at night. "At night on carriers is a...
  • Lockheed Martin, Delivers 300th F-35 Fighter
    Lockheed Martin, Delivers 300th F-35 Fighter 13 June 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...
  • Modified F-35C Back at Eglin AFB After Seven Months
    Modified F-35C Back at Eglin AFB After Seven Months 24 May 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. 
  • Raytheon Completes F-35C, JSOW Integration Tests
    Raytheon Completes F-35C, JSOW Integration Tests 19 April 2018
    Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy completed the final developmental test to integrate the Joint Standoff Weapon C onto the C variant of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F-35, and the F-35 Joint Program Office participated in the latest test, which took place on the Navy's China Lake ranges in California. The JSOW glide weapon uses a GPS-inertial navigation system with an imaging infrared seeker that can identify and track targets autonomously....
  • F-35 Qualification to Nimitz
    F-35 Qualification to Nimitz 17 January 2018
    The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Carrier Qualifications for the F-35C Lightning II program, carrier qualifying the first nine fleet aviators in the new aircraft, while underway at the end of 2017.  One of the milestones was with the information infrastructure, ALIS that allows operators to plan, maintain, and sustain systems over the F-35Cs. The system provides a secure way to transmit up...
  • Boeing Reveals Its MQ-25 Offering
    Boeing Reveals Its MQ-25 Offering 20 December 2017
    Boeing has unveiled its unmanned aerial tanker that will be offered for the US Navy’s MQ-25 competition on 19 December. Through its MQ-25 competition, the Navy is seeking unmanned refuelling capabilities that would extend the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters. The Navy issued its final request for proposals in October. The UAS is completing engine runs before heading to the flight ramp for deck h...
  • F-35 Will Have A Long Life
    F-35 Will Have A Long Life 10 November 2017
    A full-scale durability test airframe of the F-35A aircraft has successfully completed its third life testing, equivalent to 24,000 hours of ‘flying’, in a unique testing facility at BAE Systems’ site in Brough, East Yorkshire. The airframe, known as AJ-1, is representative of the F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) variant of the jet. While in the 350-tonnes structural test rig it has been subjected to and tested on the range of loads it would...
  • Hypoxia Issue Remains Unsolved
    Hypoxia Issue Remains Unsolved 25 October 2017
    After taking off to the skies following their grounding due to hypoxia issues, the US Air Force F-35 pilots at Luke AFB are once again facing similar problems. Since Luke F-35s resumed flying, pilots there have reported five physiological episodes (PEs) with pilots reporting tingling fingers and other symptoms that indicate hypoxia.  The commander of the 56th Operations Group and an F-35 pilot Col. Ben Bishop told Aviation Week in an interview dated 23 Octob...
  • F-35 Reached Another Turning Point
    F-35 Reached Another Turning Point 25 July 2017
    Lockheed Martin (LM) announced on 24 July that the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft fleet recently exceeded 100,000 flight hours while the F-35 Integrated Test Force teams are completing the remaining requirements in the program's System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase.   The company's Executive Vice President and F-35 Program General Manager Jeff Babione said "We are well positioned to complete air vehicle full 3F and mission system...
  • Surprise Fire by F-35
    Surprise Fire by F-35 30 June 2017
    During a recent live-firing test, an F-35C fighter aircraft from Patuxent River Navy Base has fired an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile while inverted. Although firing a missile upside-down is not unheard, this is the first time the Joint Strike Fighter performed such launch. AIM-9X is a heat-seeking infrared air-to-air missile and is currently deployed on the US F-15, F-16 and F-18 Super Hornets. Developed by Raytheon, AIM-9X is currently in service with...
  • The First GBU-12 Test With F-35C
    The First GBU-12 Test With F-35C 21 April 2017
    The US F-35 Integrated Test Force recently performed a first-of-its-kind test when the aircraft released a specially built GBU-12 Paveway II guided bomb against a moving target on 29 March, Edwards Air Force Base announced today. This F-35 weapons delivery accuracy test was the first from an F-35 in the 3F software configuration, which has incorporated new release logic called Lead Point Compute to enhance effectiveness against moving targets, with the objective of reducing pil...
  • Trump calls Boeing to price Super Hornet against F-35
    Trump calls Boeing to price Super Hornet against F-35 23 December 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump has called Lockheed Martin's competitor Boeing for the Joint Strike Fighter mission. Trump, in a 21 December tweet said, “Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!" It is not clear how an F/A-18E/F proposal could be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations between Trump and Lockheed. The short take-off and vertical landing F-35B could no...
  • 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.
  • Pentagon found Cracks in F-35C Durability Tests 18 November 2015

    Spokesman for the Pentagon's F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) Joe DellaVedova stated that testers have found cracks in a main structural element of the wing of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

    Della...