Tag Archives: F-35

Christopher Bogdan: F-35 Program Feels Govt Shutdown Effects

Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Joint Program Office lead, has said the aircraft program could come to a halt if the government shutdown takes a long time to resolve, Defense News reported Thursday. Citing Bogdan’s statement, Aaron Mehta writes the shutdown has delayed flight tests, development, deliveries and fleet maintenance …

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Report: US Govt Tags F-35 Operating Costs at $857B

The U.S. government now estimates the costs of operating and maintaining the Lockheed Martin-F-35 jet at $857 billion, 20 percent less than previous figures that exceeded $1 trillion, Reuters reported Wednesday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes the Defense Department based the new figures on data detailing the fighter jet’s more than 7,000 hours …

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ExecutiveGov Covers F-35 Procurement and Delivery

The F-35 joint strike fighter had its first flight in 2006, and in the ensuing seven years, the Defense Department has worked with a number of government contracting firms to meet delivery obligations to the service branches and international customers. The task of building the next generation fighter has been …

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Report: AF Plans to Field Lockheed F-35 in 2016

The U.S. Air Force will start operating the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter in mid-2016, one year earlier than the branch originally planned, Reuters reported Monday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes the military is testing the jets as they roll off the production line at the contractor’s Fort Worth, Texas facility. A source …

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Japan Military Head: F-35 Can Help Manage Regional Tensions

Japan’s military top brass remain committed to purchasing Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets, the country’s top uniformed military officer has told Reuters. Shigeru Iwasaki, chief of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces’ Joint Staff, told Reuters he believed the F-35 was the country’s best choice as it handles tensions with both China …

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