Pratt & Whitney successfully completed first afterburner tests on the F135 engine which will power the F-35 Lightning II .
The Joint Strike Fighter Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (CATB), a 737-300 aircraft extensively modified by BAE Systems, successfully completed its maiden flight Jan. 23 at Mojave, California.
Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine exceeded 7,000 system design and development (SDD) ground test hours this week.
Norwegian defence minister Anne-Grethe Strøm-Erichsen will shortly sign the production agreement with Lockheed Martin.
The F-35 Lightning II is currently undergoing a series of tests over Fort Worth, Texas. The third flight on Wednesday tested the aircraft at 23,000 feet, the highest altitude the aircraft has ever been.
The F-35 Lightning II achieved another successful test flight yesterday from the Lockheed Martin Fort Worth, Texas, facility.
While other international JSF partners signed the production phase MoU for the F-35, the Norwegian approvals to continue their involvement seem to slip into 2007, while it considers rival bids like the Gripen N.
Northrop Grumman reported yesterday that the first center fuselage section for the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 joint strike fighter has been completed and that work began on the assembly of the first fuselage for the Navy.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II lifted into the skies today for the first time, completing a successful inaugural flight and initiating the most comprehensive flight test program in military aviation history.
Turkey has approved a production agreement for the U.S.-led multinational effort to develop the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, following the lead of the Netherlands, Canada, Britain and Australia.
The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II successfully completed all ground taxi tests today, among some of the last activities clearing the way for its inaugural flight.
Following the Netherlands, Britain, Australia, and Canada have now also signed an agreement committing to the next development and production phase of the U.S.-led F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project.
The F-35 Lightning II moved under its own power for the first time on Thursday afternoon, initiating the last series of tests before the fighter jet's first flight.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is set to make its maiden test flight next week at Lockheed Martins Fort Worth, Texas, test site according to BGen David R. Heinz, deputy program executive officer of the F-35 Lightning II Program.
The engine being developed for the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet has passed major milestone in the form of a successful Preliminary Design Review.