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How much does one F-35 cost?

Some people like to knock the Lockheed Martin F-22 for costing $140 million a piece, excluding all expenses for development and spares. But not to worry! The next fighter coming along — Lockheed’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — is supposed to be based on affordability, with a flyaway cost at roughly one-third of the F-22′s […]

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Mixed messages today on JSF

Mixed messages abound on the Lockheed Martin F-35 program today. Overall it should be a good week for the F-35, with the first test aircraft back in the air after a seven-month hiatus and the second test aircraft due to be rolled out of the factory very soon. But two articles appear in the press […]

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Brit comedy show spoofs JSF, aircraft carriers

I’ve shamelessly stolen this video from The Woracle blog, but I had to. It’s just that funny.

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Is the F-35 a better value than the F-22?

What gives you better bang for the buck: the F-22 or the F-35? The answer will of course depend on the evolution of the F-35′s price tag, so is probably unknowable for several more years. But I’m glad that didn’t stop Captain J. Michael Stelly, who has recently published his master’s thesis for the Air […]

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Power failure

We knew that this contract award (see second item) last Friday looked like bad news for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), but it turned out to be even worse than we thought. To cut to the chase, the contract was awarded because the F-35C’s power generator was mistakenly designed to offer only two-thirds of […]

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Newsflash: JSF magically gets cheaper!

Try to follow the logic: 1: The Department of Defense submits a budget request in February, requesting to buy 12 JSFs — 6 CTOL and 6 STOVL — for $2.65 billion. (See page 26 here.) 2: The House Appropriations Committee passes its version of the defense budget on July 25. The lawmakers approve the Pentagon’s […]

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