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PICTURES: Why Norway wants the Joint Strike Missile

Remember the fuss that Norway made about not committing to buying Lockheed Martin’s F-35 until it got a promise to have Kongsberg’s Joint Strike Missile (JSM) integrated for anti-ship and land attack missions? Well, new images released by the nation’s defence ministry today provide a hint at why its was so insistent. The ship-launched Naval Strike […]

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UK confirms Norfolk home for F-35 squadrons

In what must be one of 2013′s least surprising announcements, the UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that its future fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will be operated from the Royal Air Force’s Marham base in Norfolk. Here’s a Lockheed Martin shot showing one of the UK’s test aircraft, during its first speaking engagement […]

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Who will win the great Danish dogfight?

Has Lockheed Martin’s grip loosened on the next-generation fighter opportunity in Denmark, as Copenhagen’s new approach to three of its rival bidders might suggest? Beyond its long-held interest in Lockheed’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Danish defence ministry has now asked for information on the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Eurofighter consortium’s Typhoon and Saab’s […]

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F-35 and Spitfire get side-by-side at Edwards

Two historic combat aircraft sit side-by-side in this stunning image, which was captured by Lockheed Martin photographer Matthew Short at the US Air Force’s Edwards AFB late on 14 September. World War II-era Mk XIV Spitfire NX749DP was at the base as part of a “Battle of Britain Night” event organised by the UK Joint […]

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Why Norway wants the F-35

The Norwegian defence ministry is making a hard push to drive through its planned NKr60 billion ($10.5 billion) purchase of 52 Lockheed Martin F-35As, including four training examples. The proposed buy forms the centrepiece of Oslo’s new defence White Paper, which sets out its priorities for the period 2013 to 2016. While others (read Australia, […]

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Boom time: night-time first for F-35

Lockheed Martin has released images showing the first night-time inflight refuelling sortie involving an F-35, with the milestone having been achieved on 22 March using conventional take-off and landing aircraft AF-4.   Flown from Edwards AFB in California by US Air Force test pilot Lt Col Peter Vitt, the Lightning II is shown alongside the Boeing […]

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Almost hot off the presses – Latest F-35 master plan

Mark your calendars. Thanks to ELP’s blog for discovering this five-month-old presentation (see Ebersole brief), Here’s what the F-35 is supposed to do over the next five years. The clock on LRIP-4 started last year. LRIP-5 is getting sorted out now, although it technically should have been awarded before 1 October 2011. The timing for […]

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MUST-READ: F-35 concurrency report

A damaging report on the F-35 concurrency strategy is in the news this morning. Flightglobal, Ares and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram have the story, and each account is based on the same leaked Pentagon report. Read the full 20-page report by clicking here: F35 concurrency report.pdfThe report takes aim at the amount of concurrency risk […]

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New cracks for the F-35B, and life under probation

This was then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on 6 January: The Marine Corps’ short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant is experiencing significant testing problems.  These issues may lead to a redesign of the aircraft’s structure and propulsion, changes that could add yet more weight and more cost to an aircraft that has little capacity to […]

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#DXB11: Certain victory for Rafale turns uncertain

So much for the rampant rumours (well, rampant throughout France anyway) that the UAE’s long-delayed fighter contract was a done-deal for the Rafale.Everything we know about the United Arab Emirates fighter modernisation plans have turned upside down within the first 24h of the Dubai Air Show. Quick summary: Dassault Rafale still in, Saab Gripen still […]

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