Tag Archives | Joint Strike Fighter

Must-see: F-35′s BF-1 in test stall

An anonymous YouTuber posted this video three days ago. It has to be less than a week old.

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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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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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Wikipedia as defense industry propaganda tool

A co-worker showed me a neat trick last week: how to look up who has written what on Wikipedia! Could I use this new tool to discover whether defense contractors use Wikipedia to spread propaganda about their products, or, alternatively, to trash their rivals? The answer, as you’ll see, is definitely yes! Here’s how it […]

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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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Where all the JSF money went

I admit: there’s something about mysterious overcharging admissions by defense contractors that awake my inner-conspiracy theorist. Of course, it’s entirely plausible that Lockheed Martin’s admission yesterday — about mistakenly overbilling the US government by $265 million on Joint Strike Fighter development — is one of those innocent goofs — the accountant’s equivalent of a Bill […]

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