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  • Bulgaria wants F-35
    Bulgaria wants F-35 November 27 2019
    US President Donald Trump met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at the White House. Trump said Bulgaria intends to supply the F-35. " They’ve ordered some F-35s and some other things.  They buy a lot of military equipment from the United States — the best equipment in the world.  And I look forward to our meeting," Trump said before the bilateral meeting at the Oval Office. A joint press release after the Trump-Borisov meeting stre...
  • 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...
  • F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft
    F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft October 30 2019
    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have finalised a $34 billion deal for the next three lots of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, setting the price of an F-35A jet below $80 million. The agreement includes 478 F-35s for U.S. and international customers across lots 12, 13 and 14. On average, the price per aircraft will fall about 12.8 per cent across all variants from Lot 11 to Lot 14, according to the Pentagon. The new price tag has come a year earlier than expected. The F-35A con...
  • Russia Deployed S-400 to Serbia
    Russia Deployed S-400 to Serbia October 28 2019
    Russian Ministry of Defence announced that Russian Army S-400 and Pantsir-S air-defence systems are deployed to Serbia, to took part in the bilateral Slavic Shield 2019 air-defence exercises. As part of the exercise, the Russian S-400 division and the Pantsir-S battery will be deployed on the territory of a Serbian air base and will be part of the joint Russian-Serbian mixed group of air defence forces. Russian-Serbian air defence exercise "Slavic shield-2019" is...
  • Additional F-35 Procure Request October 9 2019
    The Netherlands on Tuesday announced its plan to procure nine additional F-35 Lightning II fighters from the United States for an estimated $1.1 billion. The agreement will include the supply of spare parts, training, simulators and related support. The stealth jets will bring the total number of F-35s with the Netherlands to 46. The additional aircraft are expected to contribute to the air force's objective of having four jets available for NATO missions while also performing h...
  • F-35 is Visible on Radar
    F-35 is Visible on Radar October 1 2019
    German radar-maker Hensoldt claims to have tracked two F-35s for 150 kilometres following the 2018 Berlin Air Show in Germany in late April of that year. The company claims its passive radar system, named TwInvis, to track the aircraft. Passive radar equipment computes an aerial picture by reading how civilian communications signals bounce off airborne objects.  Because there are no emitters, passive radar is covert, meaning pilots entering a monitored area are unaware they are...
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission September 27 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • Russian S-400 is Unable to Detect Israeli F-35s September 20 2019
    Russian S-300 and S-400 air defence systems failed to detect Israeli F-35s flying over Damascus according to Israeli television channel NZIV. NZIV, citing a number of military sources, published the flight route of the Israeli aircraft, which struck eastern Syria. It is claimed that İsraeli F-35s, Adir, entered the Syrian airspace and flew for almost several hundred kilometres over the area covered by Russian S-400 and Syrian S-300 air defence systems. NZIV claims that ano...
  • F-35 Procure Request Approved
    F-35 Procure Request Approved September 12 2019
    The US State Department approved Poland's request to procure the F-35 jet. The Polish Government, which wants to purchase 32 F-35s for about six and a half billion US Dollars, also requested the supply of 33 Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines. USA, after Turkey to suspend the F-35 program, was looking for a new buyer to sell platforms. Agreement with Poland emerged after this request. Poland also wants to purchase electronic warfare systems; command, control, communicat...
  • The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets
    The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets July 20 2019
    The Netherlands buys new F35 fighter jets. It is probably eight or nine. They come on top of the 37 that the previous cabinet had already decided on. And with the next cabinet, the defence budget will have to rise again. We are also obliged to do so within NATO, "says Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld in an interview with Trouw . Within NATO we still dangle at the bottom in terms of spending. So we will have to take extra steps. Next year we will have a recalibration of the defenc...
  • Leakage Occurred on HMS Queen Elizabeth
    Leakage Occurred on HMS Queen Elizabeth July 12 2019
      The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the biggest and most powerful warship in the United Kingdom, has suffered a major leak. HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base last month to embark on five weeks of sea trials. Warship has returned to Portsmouth early after a major leak on board.  A source has told Forces News that a high-pressure salt water pipe burst, letting more than 200 tonnes of water into the ship. That caused flooding on several decks, which our source says put th...
  • CF-18 Lifespan Increases
    CF-18 Lifespan Increases June 28 2019
    Two-stage modernization will be carried out by 2032 for 76 CF-18 combat aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force inventory. The first phase of the development of the CF-18 platform, which has not been modernized since 2008, is scheduled to begin summer 2019. Phase 1 of the project is expected to begin in summer 2019, with upgrades completed by 2025.Phase 1 will provide upgrades to address CF-18 interoperability and regulatory deficiencies to address new and changing standards. Phase 2 will ai...
  • New Procurement Agreement for F-35
    New Procurement Agreement for F-35 June 23 2019
    A new step has come from the US for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, which has making agenda very busy recently and which procurement process is complicated. The Pentagon announced a new procurement agreement for aircraft.   The procurement process will continue for the F-35 Lightning II, where the United States has begun deploying to Europe and attracting foreign interest from the Paris Air Show 2019. In this context, the US signed a Lot 12 mass production agreement w...
  • Decoy Procurement to F-35s
    Decoy Procurement to F-35s April 9 2019
    Australia has announced a $ 78 million decoy procurement. Decoys that will be used in F-35A Lightning and F/A-18F Super Hornet platforms will be purchased under Air 6000 Phase 3 project. It is stated that the systems will be supplied in order to ensure the safety of the aircraft in high-density combat areas. It will also procured from Thales Australia. Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, who made a statement about the procurement process, reported that the number of platfo...
  • Pentagon Delays F-35 Delivery to Turkey
    Pentagon Delays F-35 Delivery to Turkey April 1 2019
      Pentagon's delaying delivery of two more F-35 fighter jets to help train Turkish pilots at an Arizona base. According to Bloomberg, U.S. officials: Pentagon's delaying delivery of two more F-35 fighter jets to help train Turkish pilots at an Arizona base amid Turkey’s plan to go ahead with purchase of Russian-400 missile defence system.  U.S.'s already delivered two Turkish F-35s for training to Luke AFB. According to Reuters, "The United...
  • Republic of Korea Receives First F-35A Stealth Fighters
    Republic of Korea Receives First F-35A Stealth Fighters March 30 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...
  • Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise
    Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise March 30 2019
    The Greek Air Force has shared information and image from its official web site, about Iniochos 2019 (Unique 2019) Exercise. In one of the published images, the F-35A fighter from the Italian Air Force landed at Andravida Air Base in Greece to take part in the Iniochos 2019 exercise. Italy has announced that it will send six F-35s to the drill. Israel, Jordan, the US Air Force and the South Cyprus Greek Administration will participate in the exercise. Unique 2019  will begin on April 1 a...
  • U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Transfer Of F-35 Fighters To Turkey
    U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Transfer Of F-35 Fighters To Turkey March 29 2019
    Four U.S. senators on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey until the U.S. government certifies that Ankara will not take delivery of a Russian S-400 air defence system, a statement on the move said. U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), James Lankford (R-OK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced a bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey until our government c...
  • It is Expensive to Operate F-35 for USA
    It is Expensive to Operate F-35 for USA March 27 2019
    US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford attended on Pentagon's 2020 Budget at the House Armed Services Committee. General Dunford stated that F-35 is costlier than they had predicted and therefore they had to acquire more F-15 to balance the need and expenses. Dunford said, “If you could buy all f-35s, you might do that. But there's a 50% difference in the operations and sustainment costs between the F-15 and F-35. The F-15 has a significant shelf life available as well....
  • F-35s Will Intercept Ballistic Missile
    F-35s Will Intercept Ballistic Missile January 18 2019
    Pentagon decided a different step on F-35 Lightning II aircrafts, which are frequently brought to the agenda with their capabilities and development process. The Department of Defence said it will assess the suitability of the aircraft for ballistic missile interception missions. Within the scope of the project, which is planned to last in next six months, the compliance of F-35 Lightning II aircraft with ballistic missile interception missions will be determined. In case of a posit...
  • Israel Unveils New F-35 Line
    Israel Unveils New F-35 Line December 28 2018
    Israel introduced the new line for F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The line was installed to increase the production capacity of F-35 Lightning II parts produced at IAI facilities. IAI plants produce F-35 lightning wing parts that make them invisible on the radar. Since 2014, the company has been producing wing and wing components for Lockheed Martin. Some of these are the key components for F-35 Lightning II. Company produced and delivered more than 700 wing components on a s...
  • First F-35s on the Way to Australia
    First F-35s on the Way to Australia December 6 2018
    Australia is preparing to deploy the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft in the country. AU-1 and AU-2 platforms which carry out pilot training missions in the United States since their delivery in 2014, have completed their duties there. Aircrafts have visited for the first time in 2017 in order to join air show. This time, AU-1 and AU-2 on their way back permanently. Platforms will be deployed at RAAF Williamtown Air Base. Aircrafts will arrive New South Wales on December 10th. Austr...
  • 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...
  • Pentagon's F-35 Report: It Favours Better Relations with Turkey
    Pentagon's F-35 Report: It Favours Better Relations with Turkey November 28 2018
    US Daily Washington Post wrote about Pentagon reports about Turkey. Daily says, ”Defence Secretary Jim Mattis repeated his objection to the threat. Cutting off Turkey, whose defence industry produces significant F-35 components, Mattis said, would cause major delays in overall production of the new generation combat plane, according to congressional officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the sensitive issue.” US opposes Turkey’s decision to acquire...
  • IDF: No Decision On F-15s as Yet
    IDF: No Decision On F-15s as Yet November 23 2018
    Israel denies news about acquiring new F-15s. "All possibilities regarding this issue are under IDF, IAF [Israeli Air Force], and the defence establishment's examination, and their position has yet to be decided," the IDF said in a statement on 20 November. The Ynet news website reported on 19 November that there had been an official announcement that the IAF would acquire a more advanced version of the fighter called the F-15IA in addition to more Lockheed Martin F-35...
  • British MoD Awards £160m Contract to Prepare RAF Lakenheath for US F-35s
    British MoD Awards £160m Contract to Prepare RAF Lakenheath for US F-35s November 21 2018
    UK Ministry of Defence announced that it has awarded a contract worth £160m to Kier VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver infrastructure to ready RAF Lakenheath for two squadrons of US F-35s. The Suffolk airbase will be the first permanent international site for US Air Force F-35s in Europe and it will support US Air Force capability in the UK. The contract awarded to Kier VolkerFitzpatrick includes the construction of a flight simulator facility, a maintenance unit, new hang...
  • Is Cyber Gap in F-35s?
    Is Cyber Gap in F-35s? November 15 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has announced that cyber gaps have been detected in external support units of F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Studies have been initiated to eliminate these gaps.   The statement made from USAF. In the statement it is told that F-35 is a software-based aircraft and any software-based system is available for hacking. Lockheed Martin reported that the platform, which is relatively safe, is protected by multi-layer security systems. However, it was re...
  • Modernization to F-35s
    Modernization to F-35s November 7 2018
    USA has signed the F-35 Lightning II Block 4 agreement with Lockheed Martin. Under the agreement amounting to US $ 130,359 million, company will carry out the preliminary work required for F-35 Block-4 Modernization Phase II. The requirements of the aircraft will be identified and analysed. Design works for weapon capabilities and air system for maturation of systems will be performed with Block 4.1 participiants. 64% of the work to be carried out for FMS customers is expected to be...
  • Worldwide F-35 Fleet Grounded Temporarily
    Worldwide F-35 Fleet Grounded Temporarily October 12 2018
    The worldwide fleet of F-35 Lightning II aircraft was grounded for inspections after a problem with the aircraft’s engine fuel tube was discovered, which is believed to be related to the first crash of the stealth fighter a few weeks ago. The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) requested on 10 October that the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps inspect the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan before flying again. Some aircraft have already resumed flights after insp...
  • Bloomberg Underlines Turkey’s Role in F-35:  "Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem"
    Bloomberg Underlines Turkey’s Role in F-35:  "Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem" October 5 2018
    US Based Economy Magazine Bloomberg Businessweek published an article that underlines Turkey’s role in F35 Program. The article has “Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem” headline. Magazine states US Congress’ decision to block the sale of F-35s to Turkey because of an agreement the Turks have to buy a Russian S-400 air defence system. Magazine states, “That’s creating problems. Turkey is a global leader in aerospace manufacturing, and 10 Tu...
  • Critical 90 Days for Turkish F-35s
    Critical 90 Days for Turkish F-35s October 3 2018
    Turkey will take delivery of two additional in 2019. Military Officer of The F-35 Lightning II Program Vice-Admiral Matt Winter announced that the platforms will be delivered to the Turkish Air Force in March. Admiral Winter told no indication of a change in the delivery of 100 F-35 fighter jets to Turkey in coming years. Pentagon has to issue a report on Turkish-American relations  for the process within 90 days for Defense Authorization Act 2019. Turkey has joined F-35 Lightn...
  • 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...
  • DOD opposes removing Turkey from F-35 programme, citing supply chain disruption
    DOD opposes removing Turkey from F-35 programme, citing supply chain disruption July 21 2018
    US Secretary of Defence James Mattis sent a letter to US Representative Mac Thornberry, chairman of the Armed Services Committee. Mattis acknowledged concerns about the Turkish government but opposed US lawmakers’ efforts to remove the country from the F-35 Lightning II programme, saying the loss of the nation from the supply chain would delay delivery of some aircraft for up to two years. US top lawmakers objected Turkey receiving the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter as t...
  • F-35 Price Falls 6 Percent to Below $90 Million
    F-35 Price Falls 6 Percent to Below $90 Million July 20 2018
    The United States has reached a preliminary deal to buy F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin worth about $13 billion, clearing the way for a larger multi-year purchase that aims to bring the cost per jet down to $80 million by 2020. The deal for 141 F-35s lowers the price of the F-35A, the most common version of the stealthy fighter jet, to about $89 million, down around 6 percent from $94.3 million in the last deal struck in February 2017, the sources familiar with the talks said. ...
  • Pentagon agreed with Lockheed on 11th batch of F-35s
    Pentagon agreed with Lockheed on 11th batch of F-35s July 15 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...
  • UAE military Reported to Visit Israel to See F-35
    UAE military Reported to Visit Israel to See F-35 July 7 2018
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) military delegation is reported to have made a visit to Israel to see the US-made F-35 stealth fighter jets. A military delegation from the UAE wanted to see the “performance” of F-35s. Citing an unnamed official source, Israeli i24 news channel said that an American delegation was also present at the time of the UAE visit, without giving any date. In the same report, UAE is reportedly keen to get the US-made F-35 fighter jet....
  • 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....
  • Additional Adirs Landed to Israel
    Additional Adirs Landed to Israel June 25 2018
    Israel received three additional F-35s. The aircraft registered in the country inventory under the name of F-35I Adir will serve in the 140th Golden Eagle Fleet in Nevatim Air Base located in the southeast of Be'er Sheva. With the last delivery, the number of F-35s in Israel inventory reached to 12 according to unofficial information. It is aimed to aircrafts will be operational in a short time. The Israeli Air Force also plans to train additional air and ground staff ...
  • The UK Re-considers F-35 Purchase
    The UK Re-considers F-35 Purchase May 18 2018
    The Telegraph said Theresa May was under pressure to row back on a multi-billion-pound deal to buy the new generation of US fighter jets in a row being likened to the Westland affair.The British Government is committed to buying 138 F-35 fighter aircraft from US manufacturer Lockheed Martin. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has so far bought 48 aircraft at a cost of £9.1 billion but is now reconsidering its pledge to buy a further 90 F-35s.  Instead, the Telegraph under...
  • The UK F-35s Set to Arrive Home in June
    The UK F-35s Set to Arrive Home in June May 16 2018
    UK Ministry of Defence announced on 16 May that the F-35 Lightning aircraft will start arriving at Royal Air Force Marham in Norfolk early next month. The aircraft are due to fly across the Atlantic Ocean from the US with several air-to-air refuelling serials. The RAF 617 Squadron pilots are currently training with the UK’s F-35 Lightning jets in America before they start flying to the UK two months ahead of schedule.  The UK has committed to buyi...