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F-35 Carrier Variant Granted Initial Operational Capability

The U.S. Navy announced the initial operational capability of the Lightning II aircraft's carrier variant, the F-35C,  has met requirements including safety certification and a complete set of support tools. The IOC milestone follows a set of qualification tests that the Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron 147 pursued aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, officials said Thursday.

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Navy on Schedule Towards F-35 Initial Operating Capability

The U.S. Navy is on schedule to declare initial operating capability for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in February, with no recent delays experienced, Military.com reported Friday. Strike Fighter Squadron 147, the branch's first operational F-35 force, recently completed a milestone on USS Carl Vinson, contributing to the anticipated IOC of the aircraft.

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Navy Begins Formal F-35C Testing on USS Carl Vinson

The U.S. Navy has begun to formally test the operation of an F-35C stealth fighter intended to demonstrate fulfillment of the service's requirements, USNI News reported Thursday. Rear Adm. Dale Horan, who leads the F-35C integration office, said Wednesday that Strike Fighter Squadron 147 arrived on USS Carl Vinson to assess the aircraft's capacity to address the Navy's needs.

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Navy Conducts 1st F-35C Flight Operations Aboard USS Carl Vinson Carrier

The U.S. Navy‘s first F-35 Joint Striker Fighter variant underwent a flight exercise Oct. 18 aboard an aircraft carrier off the Southern California coast as the aircraft prepares to reach initial operating capability. F-35C Lightning II from the Strike Fighter Squadron 125 performed launch and recovery operations on the USS Carl Vinson as part …

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Sean Stackley: Super Hornet Block III Upgrade Could Complement Navy’s F-35Cs

Sean Stackley, acting secretary of the U.S. Navy, has said Boeing‘s proposed Block III  version of the Super Hornet aircraft could supplement the carrier variant of the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 aircraft, Breaking Defense reported Thursday. Stackley told Breaking Defense’s Sydney Freedberg in an interview that he believes the Super Hornet’s payload will be a “good” complement to the …

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Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan: F-35 Cost-Reduction Options List Now Up for Review With DoD Secretary

Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, has said an “affordability compendium” that outlines initiatives on how to reduce the fighter program’s costs has now been handed to Defense Secretary James Mattis for review, Defense News reported Thursday. Valerie Insinna writes Bogdan said in a speech delivered Wednesday …

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Navy Tests Updated Helmet Mounted Display Tech for F-35C Pilots

U.S. Navy pilots have tested and trained with an updated helmet mounted display technology designed to increase fighter pilot awareness, targeting and sensor data viewing capacity of flight information such as airspeed, altitude and heading, Scout reported Thursday. Kris Osborn writes sensors of the Generation “3 HMD” units were designed for pilots of …

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