F-35 gets precision target engagement with Raytheon JSOW missile

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy completed the final developmental test to integrate the Joint Standoff Weapon C onto the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s C variant, keeping the low-cost, air-to-ground missile on track for full deployment in 2019. The JSOW glide weapon uses a GPS-inertial navigation system with an imaging infrared seeker that can identify and track targets autonomously. JSOW…

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F-35 Completes Most Comprehensive Flight Test Program in Aviation History

The F-35 program has accomplished the final developmental test flight of the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program. “Completing F-35 SDD flight test is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication from the joint government and industry team,” said Vice Adm. Mat Winter, F-35 Program Executive Officer. “Since the first flight of AA-1 in 2006,…

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Lockheed Martin Announces New Skunk Works® and F-35 Program Leaders

Lockheed Martin announced today that Jeff Babione has been named the vice president and general manager of Advanced Development Programs (ADP) – also known as Skunk Works® – succeeding Rob Weiss who will retire at the end of 2018. Greg Ulmer has been named vice president and general manager of the F-35 Program succeeding Babione. These changes are effective March…

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F-35 Pax River ITF expands expeditionary envelope for USMC

The F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force team brings the U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B one step closer to initial operational test and evaluation as they wrap up testing of the F-35B STOVL envelope with sloped surface vertical landing tests January and February at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field (MCALF) Bogue, N.C. “The Marine Corps is an expeditionary force capable of…

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Lockheed Martin Meets 2017 F-35 Delivery Target

On Friday, December 15, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) delivered the 66th F-35 aircraft for the year, meeting the joint government and industry delivery target for 2017. To date, more than 265 F-35 aircraft have been delivered to U.S. and international customers. More than 530 pilots and nearly 5,000 maintainers have been trained, and the F-35 fleet has surpassed more than…

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First Italian-Built F-35B Makes First STOVL Flight

Photo Courtesy Sergio Marzorati Italy’s first F-35B Lightning II, a Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant assembled at the Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility and known as BL-1, flew and hovered here for the first time today. Lockheed Martin F-35 test pilot Paul “Hat” Hattendorf, flew BL-1’s first flight on Oct. 25. On Oct.30, during the…

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Orbital ATK Awarded $24 Million Contract from Lockheed Martin for F-35 Composite Structures

Orbital ATK announced October 24th it has received an initial $24 million contract from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LM) to produce additional composite components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Under the terms of the three-year contract, Orbital ATK will produce bullnose and blade seals at its facility in Clearfield, Utah. Orbital ATK currently produces upper and lower wing skins, engine…

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F-35B Lightning II Carrier Qualifications

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II pilot assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, stands by for take-off aboard the USS Essex (LHD-2) during Exercise Dawn Blitz, Oct. 22, 2017. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven amphibious exercise conducted between Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, testing their…

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F-35 Jet Cleared for Carrier Take-Off, Defence Minister Tells Select Committee

The UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the UK flagship, Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced at the House of Commons Defence Select Committee this afternoon. Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said: “Successful ski-ramp trials mean the F-35 is cleared to fly from the carrier…

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Chief of Naval Operations and Chairwoman Kay Granger Visit Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth Facility

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson and Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) visited Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility today to tour the F-35 production line and speak to the men and women building the world’s most advanced air system. The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation air system, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission…

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The head of the F-35 Joint Program Office visited Terma

On Thursday, 21 September 2017, Vice Admiral Mathias W. Winter, Program Executive Officer, F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office (JPO) visited Terma The meeting was hosted by Jens Maaløe, President & CEO, Terma A/S and Steve Williams, President & CEO, Terma North America, Inc. In May 2017, Admiral Winter took up the position as Program Executive Officer for the F-35…

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F-35’s UK Arrival Moves Closer with £80m Contract Award

March 31, 2017 – Lockheed Martin has sub-contracted work worth £40m to BAE Systems and together the two companies will form a team of more than 100 skilled technicians at RAF Marham, who will provide engineering and technical expertise, deliver air-crew and ground-crew training, facilitate routine maintenance and help to manage the jets’ global supply chain. BAE Systems will take…

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F-35 Program Makes Significant, Solid Progress, Official Says

By Terri Moon Cronk February 16, 2017 – Production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter is on a good trajectory and is a necessary aircraft in the military’s arsenal to battle high-end threats, service leaders told a House Armed Service Committee panel today. Providing an update on the the F-35 program to the subcommittee on tactical air and…

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