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.Read More »
The Department of Defense’s entire fleet of F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft is on track to receive an 80 percent mission capability rate by September 2020, Flight Global reported Friday. U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Mathias Winter, executive officer of the F-35 Joint Program Office, testified before the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee on Thursday that F-35 combat units under the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as international allies are slated to achieve the 80 percent mark by September of this year.Read More »
The F-35 joint program office has announced that more than 80 percent of Lockheed Martin-built fighter jets operating in the U.S. and overseas are now approved to recommence flight following the completion of a fuel line inspection, USNI News reported Monday. The F-35 JPO grounded the fighter aircraft on Thursday to facilitate the inspection of a fuel tube within the jet’s engine in response to an ongoing investigation into an F-35B crash that occurred on Sept. 28 near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.
U.S. Air Force testers have completed weapons delivery accuracy flight tests on the F-35 Lightning II aircraft which evaluated the platform’s weapon system as well as the Block 3F software it uses to support lethal air-to-air and air-to-ground strike missions. The service branch said Wednesday members of the 461st Flight …Read More »
Vice Adm. Mathias Winter, head of the F-35 joint program office, has said he forecasts that another continuing resolution could slow down the development and testing of F-35 fighter aircraft beginning April 2018, Defense News reported. Winter told reporters at a Defense News-hosted conference the F-35 program will remain on …Read More »
The Defense Department has delegated regional warehousing capability to Australia and the Netherlands as part of DoD’s F-35 Global Support Solution strategy. Both countries will manage the international fighter program’s aviation inventory through warehouse and distribution facilities located across the European and Pacific regions, according to an article published Wednesday on Lockheed …Read More »
The F-35 joint program office plans to update an onboard oxygen generation system to facilitate the flow of oxygen to pilots flying Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jets, Defense News reported Tuesday. The OBOGS upgrade plan is in response to five incidents of hypoxia-like symptoms or oxygen deprivation experienced by F-35A …Read More »
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 …Read More »