Tag Archives | Joint Strike Fighter

Lockheed: F-35 budget strategy may add billions to development costs

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter faces a series of multi-billion dollar annual cost overruns if the US Department of Defense continues a shift to a more conservative budgeting stance. The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2010 budget request for the F-35 contains a hidden cost overrun worth $480 million. The extra money was […]

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I flew supersonic (barely) at the F-35C roll-out

Photo by Stephen Trimble Lockheed Martin formally unveiled the first F-35C today carrier variant at the factory in Fort Worth, Texas. I’ll be writing more about that tonight and tomorrow, but first let me tell you about my ride in Lockheed’s F-35 demonstration simulator.The simulator is for demonstration purposes only. It is not intended to […]

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F-35C meets US Navy’s single-engine derision

When Lockheed Martin rolls out the F-35C on July 28, US Navy pilots will be one step closer to operating a single-engine fighter off a carrier deck. The DEW Line contributor Dave Majumdar explores this issue with an active F/A-18 pilot with more than 1,700 flying hours, who asked to remain anonymous. If there is […]

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Sunday Interview: Eric L. Palmer

“Who is Eric L. Palmer?” That question was the subject of a recent F-16.net discussion, and for good reason. The former US Air Force photographer now working in Australia has become a prolific blogger on defense technology issues, and a leading blogosphere critic of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. TDL: Why did you start blogging […]

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New F-35 lawsuit raises software quality questions

CLICK BOX IN RIGHT CORNER TO VIEW DOCUMENT IN FULL SCREEN. The lawsuit above is at least the third False Claims Act lawsuit filed against Lockheed Martin by Houston-based lawyer Samuel Boyd. The previous two involve the Deepwater and F-22 programs. Lockheed, for its part, says it will “vigorously defend this matter in court”. Read […]

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House approps: Today’s winners and losers

Here’s a quick summary of the aerospace winners and losers from today’s mark-up of the defense budget by the House appropriations subcommittee on defense. The press release above can also be downloaded at this site. The House appropriators mark-up follows previous votes by the authorizing committees of the House and Senate. The Senate appropriators have […]

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New stealth tricks in store for F-35?

Aerospace blogger and journalist Dave Majumdar, a contributor to The DEW Line, has interviewed Lockheed Martin and F-35 program officials in advance of roll-out of CF-1, the first prototype of the naval variant.  Debuting on the July 28 is the US Navy’s first all-aspect stealth aircraft, the F-35C. Designed to meet the stringent requirements for […]

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Pratt & Whitney throws F135 a learning curve

When F-35 program executive Brig Gen David Heinz last month said that he does not believe that “Prattfeels compelled to act as though they are in competition”, I did not know what to make of that statement. So I asked two of Pratt & Whitney business development executives yesterday how they interpreted it. The answer […]

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F-35 video update from Paris Air Show news conference

Witness my Paris Air Show web video reporting debut. It was recorded in a rush between a haze of interviews and deadlines late yesterday evening. Our web guru, Barbara Cockburn, and I recorded a few video interviews on the static line this morning, so look for video reports on the AT-802U, King Air 350ER and […]

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Random 5 List: F-35 chief BG Heinz’s press conference

Brig Gen David Heinz, the F-35′s new program executive, spoke to several reporters today about a wide range of program activities. Here are a few bits from my notebook while I continue to work on the news article. 1. Heinz said he believes that the benefits of an engine war may outweigh the $1 billion […]

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