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F-35 JPO Seeks 23 Percent Drop in Flight-Hour Costs by 2024

The F-35 Joint Program Office hopes to see a 23 percent decrease in flight-hour costs for the F-35A aircraft variant from $44,000 to $34,000 by 2024, Air Force Magazine reported Thursday. Vice Adm. Mat Winter, head of the F-35 JPO, testified before members of the House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee that the office seeks to achieve a 26 percent drop from $34,000 to $25,000 for the U.S. Air Force variant after five years.

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Army Develops Collective Environment for Black Hawk Aircrew Training

The U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center has developed a new training environment for UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews, DVIDS reported Monday. The Collective Aircrew Proficiency Environment updates the three-year-old Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer and allows crews to train in a platform where visuals and audio can be sensed concurrently.

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CAPE Director Jamie Morin: Minuteman III ICBM Replacement Cost Could Exceed DoD’s $85B Estimate

Jamie Morin, director of cost assessment and program evaluation at the Defense Department, has described $85 billion as a low cost estimate for the replacement platform of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles in an interview with Breaking Defense posted Thursday. Sydney Freedberg writes Morin said CAPE provided both low and high estimates for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program in …

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Marine Corps’ Robert Schmidle on the F-35 Logistics Systems

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle has expressed confidence in the performance of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet as the plane approaches its international debut in three months, Reuters reported Wednesday. Andrea Shalal writes the aircraft’s logistics system — which uses software to plan missions, schedule flights and take care of other …

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