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Aircraft Systems Top Marine Corps’ FY 2018 Unfunded Priorities List

The U.S. Marines Corps has submitted its fiscal year 2018 unfunded priorities list to Congress, which requests a total of $3.18 billion including $2.36 billion for aircraft and aviation systems procurement, USNI News reported Monday. The list includes two Sikorsky-built CH-53K Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters worth $287.7 million; four Lockheed Martin-made KC-130J transport …

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Vice Adm. Mathias Winter Assumes F-35 Joint Program Office Leadership

Navy Vice Adm. Mathias Winter, formerly deputy program executive officer for the Defense Department‘s F-35 joint program office, has officially assumed the F-35 JPO chief post, The Hill reported Thursday. Winter succeeded Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, who is set to retire in June after he led the office for nearly five years, during a …

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Report: Germany Seeks Classified F-35 Data from Pentagon

Germany has asked the U.S. Defense Department through a letter to provide classified data on the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter aircraft as the country’s air force prepares to replace its fleet of Tornado jets between 2025 and 2035, Reuters reported Wednesday. A group of officers within the German air force …

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Report: Trump’s Proposed Fiscal 2018 Defense Budget Would Fund 9 Combat Ships

President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint for fiscal 2018 would allocate $603 billion in funds for defense, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Government officials told Bloomberg that the proposed defense budget would appropriate funds for the acquisition of nine warships that include the addition of one DDG-51 Flight III guided-missile destroyer ship built by Huntington …

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Air Force Pilots Test 3.2B Update to F-22 Raptor Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force’s 411th Flight Test Squadron has used F-22 Raptors to launch air-to-air missiles against as part of a 3.2B developmental test and evaluation upgrade to the Lockheed Martin-built aircraft. The service branch said Thursday that the AIM-9 and AIM-120 missiles were used to engage multiple BQM-167A sub-scale aerial targets during tests held last month at …

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