Tag Archives: F-35

Navy Chooses Lemoore Air Station as F-35C’s Base

The U.S. Navy will base its fleet of F-35C fighter jets at Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California starting in 2016. Lemoore will host up to 100 of the jets by 2028 as the branch seeks to replace 70 FA-18 Hornet fighter jets that Lemoore currently hosts, the Navy said …

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Pentagon Lowers Cost Estimate for F-35 Updates to $1.65B

The Pentagon estimates that upgrades to Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets will cost the department $1.65 billion, or $100 million lower than its forecast last year, Bloomberg reported Monday. Tony Capaccio writes the new estimate represents a 36 percent decline from the projected F-35 modernization cost of $2.57 billion in …

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House Appropriations Committee OKs $570B FY 2015 Defense Budget

House appropriators have approved a bill that authorizes a $491 billion base budget and $79.4 billion in overseas contingency funds for the next fiscal year, Defense News reported Tuesday. John Bennett writes that the legislation includes $63.4 billion to finance weapon research and development projects, a $370 million increase from …

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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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Frank Kendall: DoD to Adopt “Better Buying Power” Initiatives

Frank Kendall, Pentagon acquisition chief, said he will reinforce buying power best practices for the department’s procurement process to guide stakeholders in meeting cost requirements, Defense News reported Wednesday. Marcus Weisgerber writes that Kendall told the publication in an interview that the Defense Department Instruction 5000.02 policy document has been updated …

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