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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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Raptor watch – Lockheed’s F-22 fights for relevancy

Lockheed has posted this new video on youtube, entitled “F-22: Operational, Relevant, Revolutionary”. I don’t remember relevant as being one of the defining characteristics of a fifth-generation fighter, but maybe it needs to be. After all, US defence secretary Robert Gates did a pretty good job of damning the F-22 with faint praise last week […]

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The truth about that “supercruising” F-16 for India

Indian newspapers are full of stories (like this one) that Lockheed will offer India an advanced version of the F-16 with supercruise capability. That’s the ability to cruise supersonically without reheat and it is a key feature of the stealthy F-22. Well the stories are not quite correct. Here’s what happened. Lockheed was briefing a […]

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DoD puts numbers to C-5 upgrade cost increase

The estimated cost of re-engining and upgrading US Air Force Lockheed C-5 airlifters has increased almost 55% to $17.5 billion, according to the Pentagon’s latest Selected Acquisition Reports (SAR), a quarterly report to Congress that makes depressing reading for taxpayers hoping for value from their defence dollar. The latest SAR, which documents the performance of […]

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