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Lightning watch – ‘no big delay’ to STOVL F-35B

Despite its engine glitch, Lockheed thinks the F-35B will fly before the end on June, maybe a month later than originally hoped for, but still within its “mid-2008″ window for the first flight of the STOVL JSF. It will take Pratt & Whitney about a month to deliver a replacement flight-test F135 engine, and it […]

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Is Pratt’s broken blade a break for GE/R-R’s JSF engine?

Timing is everything. Bad timing is breaking your engine on the very day your customer tries for a third time to cancel your rival and a new report rubbishes the benefits of competing engines. But that’s what happened to Pratt & Whitney on February 4, when a turbine blade on an F135 Joint Strike Fighter […]

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Knives come out as second F-35 engine faces axe – again

How’s this for timing? The day after the Pentagon says it will try again to cancel the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternative engine for the F-35, the Lexington Institute defence think-tank publishes a study arguing “one engine is enough” to power the Joint Strike Fighter. Either the Institute’s Loren Thompson worked through the night or he […]

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More power to the F-35 – competitive engine to stay

Reuters is reporting that US Congressional negotiators have agreed to fund contined development of the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternate engine for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Pentagon had sought to cancel the F136 to save money, and the $480 million in FY2008 funding will have to come from somewhere, but the preservation […]

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