F-35 B-61 Nuclear Bomb Delivery Tested in Nevada

Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft recently released B61-12 Joint Test Assemblies (JTAs) during the F-35A’s first Full Weapon System Demonstration, completing the final flight test exercise of the nuclear design certification process. The 422d and 59th Test and Evaluation Squadrons led Air Combat Command’s portion of the test effort, with Airmen from the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 926th Aircraft Maintenance…

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BAE Systems to Sustain EW System Readiness for F-35s

August 4, 2021 – BAE Systems, Inc. has received a $93 million, five-year Undefinitized Contract Action from Lockheed Martin to provide critical sustainment support for the AN/ASQ-239 electronic warfare (EW) countermeasure system. The contract will ensure the mission readiness of the growing global fleet of F-35 aircraft. “We have a strong track record of sustaining electronic warfare systems to support…

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Carrier Strike exercise sees F-35s from four nations train together

June 15, 2021 – Stealth fighter jets embarked with the UK Carrier Strike Group have exercised with other F-35 aircraft from three other nations. The jets aboard UK flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth have participated in Exercise Falcon Strike 21, a multi-national training exercise led by the Italian Air Force. It saw F-35 Lightning stealth fighters from four nations train together…

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Five Ways F-35 Training is Improving Mission Readiness for Pilots and Maintainers

December 1, 2020 – It’s the morning of your first solo flight in the most advanced fighter jet ever created – the F-35. You’re excited and anxious because today culminates weeks of training and preparation. Once onsite, you get assigned your tail number. After hours of meticulous preparation and briefing, you head to the airplane knowing your maintenance crew chief…

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FRCE Certified for Testing F-35 Components

June 15, 2020 – A new public-private partnership with Lockheed Martin gives Fleet Readiness Center East another means of supporting naval aviation. The depot recently declared capability on 14 F-35 components, meaning FRCE is now a verified source of repair and testing for these items. “This component workload is the next step in F-35 maintenance at Fleet Readiness Center East,…

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Marotte Control’s CAS to Equip AARGM-ER on the F/A-18E/F, EA-18G and F-35

April 22, 2020 – Marotta Controls, a rapidly growing aerospace and defense supplier based in New Jersey, announced today that it has designed and will be manufacturing a new Control Actuation System (CAS) for Northrop Grumman. The CAS will be integrated into Northrop’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ERs) specified for U.S. Navy and Air Force use. The…

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F-35 Joint Program Office honored with 2020 SecDef Environmental Award

April 22, 2020 – The F-35 Joint Program Office’s Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Team was recognized as a 2020 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award winner for the Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition in the large program category, April 22. The Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Team received the honor for its actions to eliminate hazards associated with the…

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