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Russia to take delivery of PAK-FA in Q3, Japan launches new carrier

The Russian Air Force will receive its first Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter in the third quarter of 2013, according to RIA Novosti. The report, which cites Russian air force commander Lt Gen Viktor Bondarev, states that government flight tests will start in the fourth quarter of the year. Earlier in April, Russian president […]

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100th F-35 enters final assembly

The 100th Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has entered the last stage of final assembly, the company says. AF-41 will be the first F-35 to be based at the USAF’s second training site for the jet at Luke AFB, Arizona.  The jet is one of 126 F-35s in various stages of production around the […]

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Third UK F-35B arrives at Eglin AFB

The UK’s third Lockheed Martin F-35B short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL) Joint Strike Fighter arrived at Eglin AFB, Florida, on 25 June.  The British aircraft was flown in from Lockheed’s Fort Worth, Texas, plant by US Marine Corps pilot Lt Col Roger Hardy on a flight that lasted 90m. “In less than a year, we have […]

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US Navy recieves first F-35C

The US Navy (USN) received its first Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter training aircraft at Eglin AFB, Florida, on 22 June.  The stealthy carrier-based aircraft will be assigned to the service’s Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101) Grim Reapers and will fly alongside US Air Force (USAF) and US Marine Corps (USMC) F-35 training units […]

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Pentagon procurement czar ‘cautiously optimistic’ about F-35 production ramp up

The Pentagon’s top acquisitions official says that he iscautiously optimistic that the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter hasmade enough progress in its development to ramp up its production ratesstarting in fiscal year 2015. “At this point I can say that I’m cautiously optimistic thatwe will be able to raise production as planned,” says Frank […]

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F-35A AMRAAM launch video

This is a video footage of last weeks’ F-35A AMRAAM launch. Enjoy..

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F-35A launches first AMRAAM

The Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter made its first Raytheon AIM-120C5 AMRAAM launch earlier this week at Edwards AFB, California.  The instrumented missile was launched from aircraft AF-1, which was flown by US Air Force Lt Col George Schwartz, over the Point Mugu Sea Test Range off the California coast. “The AIM-120 launch is […]

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First RAF pilot performs vertical landing in F-35B

Squadron Leader Jim Schofield is the first Royal Air Force pilot to complete a vertical landing in a Lockheed Martin F-35B. He completed that sortie on 28 May.

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F-35 IOC dates revealed

The Pentagon is revealing the initial operational capability (IOC) dates for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in a new report to the US Congress delivered on 31 May, as required by law. The US Air Force, the largest US Department of Defense (DOD) customer for the tri-service jet, will declare its F-35A […]

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F-35 SAR

This is the full F-35 selected acquisition report for 2012. The overall price of the tri-service program has dropped a touch–about $4.5 billion overall from $395.7 billion to $391.2 billion. Unit cost for the aircraft has also dropped somewhat with the Program Acquisition Unit Cost (PAUC) falling to $108 million from $112 million while the […]

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