The Norwegian government continues the Norwegian participation in the JFS project. The decision comes after an improved offer from Lockheed martin on industrial participation.
Ground-vibration testing for the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finished early on April 30, continuing a string of testing milestones completed ahead of schedule.
Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, was recently awarded a contract worth $901 million to begin work on the first five production aircraft.
Pratt & Whitney has been awarded the first production contract for F135 engines to power the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The contract, valued at $23 million, is for long lead-time hardware for six engines supporting the first five production F-35 aircraft covering Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP).
Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine program has achieved more than 5,000 hours of System Development and Demonstration (SDD) ground testing and is on schedule to support the first flight of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) this fall.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter team successfully completed structural-coupling testing five days ahead of schedule on the first F-35, and moved on to the next scheduled series of ground tests. The F-35's first flight is planned for this fall.
The U.S. Department of Defense announced that it has approved the first step towards Low Rate Initial Production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
According to published sources, British Defense Secretary John Reid has indicated that Great Britain and the United States should be to work out an agreement on the transfer of certain classified information about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
While the F-16 and F-4 have become legends in air combat over the years, every aircraft will eventually have to be replaced. Turkey is facing the tough decision of which aircraft to purchase to follow in the footsteps of the Viper and the Rhino.
A recent series of successful F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aerodynamic tests in Arnold Engineering Development Center's 16-foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) demonstrated the center's ability to adapt propulsion test technologies for use in wind tunnel tests.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter completed "leak-free" fuel-system checkout testing achieving another major success milestone on the fighter program. Engineers and technicians have concluded, on schedule, an extensive fuel-system checkout on the first JSF and are making final preparations for a series of structural tests on the aircraft planned to begin today.
Keeping the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program on track is important because the Air Force needs to replace aging aircraft and it is an important complement to the F-22A Raptor aircraft.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended slowing funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter due to "signifigant developmental risk" and the likelyhood of cost and scheduling overruns.
The U.S. Senate is scheduled to hold hearings this week concerning the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's engine suppliers - namely whether two suppliers are needed for the project.
Defense technology firm VSI, the American subsidiary of Israel's Elbit Systems, has been contracted by the Lockheed Martin for new battle helmets (HMDs) for F-35 jets