Globe Banner

INDUSTRY TRENDS

April 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Military Aviation

Defense Update

International Debut for F-35 at Farnborough, Air Tattoo in July

The F-35 Lightning II aircraft will make its international debut in July this summer, the British Defence Secretary has announced. See more

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Military Aviation

Flight International

X-47B conducts night flight, named Collier Trophy winner

A Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned air vehicle completed the type's first night flight on 10 April – the same day the UAV's development team won the Robert J Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association. See more

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon sees deal with Lockheed, Pratt on next F-35 lot by end May

The U.S. Air Force general who runs the F-35 fighter jet program for the Pentagon said he expected to reach agreements with both Lockheed Martin Corp and engine-maker Pratt & Whitney by the end of May for the next order of fighter planes. See more

February 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Military Aviation

Reuters

Turkey likely to order Lockheed F-35 fighters in 2015

Turkey is likely to start ordering F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp from 2015 onwards and it will start with two orders initially, Turkey's undersecretary for state-run defence industries Murad Bayar said on Thursday. See more

Monday, February 24, 2014
Government News, Military Aviation

Air Force Times

Pentagon, Air Force doubles down on engine technology

In his preview of the Pentagon's 2015 budget request, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made a clear statement that the Air Force plans to invest heavily in new engine technology. See more

January 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014
Military Aviation

United Press International

Assembly of fourth test KC-46A under way

Assembly of the fourth test KC-46A aerial refueling and tanker aircraft for the U.S. Air Force is under way by Boeing. See more

Friday, January 3, 2014
Military Aviation

National Defense Magazine

Fuel-Efficient Engine to Increase Range, Power of Army Helicopters

The Army over the next decade plans to phase out legacy equipment and introduce a new, more powerful engine that will be able to take a full squad twice as far, all while burning less fuel, and through the Improved Turbine Engine Program, or ITEP, the service will replace the T700 engines that power its Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. See more

December 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon focused on weapons, data fusion as F-35 nears combat use

Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet is making good progress as it nears initial combat use by the U.S. Marine Corps in July 2015, but the company must still finalize the software needed to deliver weapons and fuse data from its many sensors, the Pentagon's F-35 program chief told Reuters. See more

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Military Aviation

Military Times

Air Force to base F-35 squadrons in Utah, Vermont

The Air Force will base the first operational F-35As at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and the first National Guard unit at Burlington International Airport, Vt., the service announced Tuesday. See more

November 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

S. Korea to Buy 40 Fighter Jets With Stealth Capabilities

South Korean military leaders recommended purchasing 40 fighter jets with stealth capabilities and indicated Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 provided the best defense against North Korea's growing nuclear threat. See more

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Gizmodo

The Next F-35 Lightning's Engine Adapts for Flight, Fight, and Beyond

For the next iteration of the F-35 Lightning II, Pratt and Whitney is developing an engine that performs at its best no matter what's required of it. See more

Monday, November 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Former US air chief says S.Korea needs F-15 and F-35 fighters

A retired top U.S. Air Force general on Monday said South Korea will need Boeing Co F-15 fighter jets in the short term since Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 will not be able to carry a full load of weapons until after South Korea needs to replace its aging F-4 and F-5 fighters. See more

Friday, November 1, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Skunk Works reveals Mach 6.0 SR-72 concept

The SR-71 was able to reach M3.2 because of the special design of the Pratt & Whitney J58 engine. Beyond M2.5, the engine essentially converted into a low-speed ramjet by bypassing the airflow around the core and into the afterburner. See more

October 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013
Military Aviation

The Globe and Mail

War heats up between Lockheed Martin and Boeing in bid to replace Canada's fighter jets

Boeing Co. officials were in Ottawa this week to promote the Super Hornet fighter jet as the best choice to replace Canada's CF-18s, using the U.S. budget crisis to raise doubts about the long-term viability of the rival Lockheed Martin F-35 program. See more

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon to review progress of F-35 fighter program next week

Top Pentagon officials will examine the cost of building and operating the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet at a major review of the $392 billion program next week that will also provide updates on lingering technical issues. See more

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Pratt & Whitney To Address DoD Auditors' Concerns on F-35 Engine Management

Pratt & Whitney expects to address concerns raised by government auditors by mid-November as the company faces withholdings on sales of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engine. See more

Friday, October 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Washington Times

Stealth fighter F-35C joins the Navy's "Grim Reapers" strike squadron

It was a moment of high anticipation when, on October 1 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., the Navy's "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 rolled out their newest aircraft — an F-35C Lightening II. See more

September 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Pratt & Whitney and AFRL start testing on adaptive fan test rig

Pratt & Whitney and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have begun testing with an adaptive fan engine test rig that is based on the company's F135 afterburning turbofan found on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. See more

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon aims to finalize Lockheed F-35 contract within days

The Pentagon expects to finalize a contract with Lockheed Martin Corp for the sixth and seventh batches of F-35 fighter jets within days, the deputy director of the $392 billion program said on Wednesday. See more

Sunday, September 15, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pratt sees 2.5 pct or more cost cut on next F-35 engines

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, on Monday said it expects to drive down the cost of the F135 engines it builds for the U.S. F-35 fighter jet at least 2.5 percent, and perhaps more, in its next two production contracts. See more

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Military Aviation

Los Angeles Times

Boeing to deliver final C-17 cargo jet to Air Force

The hand-over of the 223rd massive aircraft will end a 32-year relationship that has been an economic boon to Long Beach. Foreign sales will keep the plant running through 2014. See more

Monday, September 9, 2013
Military Aviation

The Hill

When it comes to the F-35, numbers count

"Round up the usual suspects" deadpans Claude Rains as the police chief in the classic movie Casablanca. The same happens when Washington experts propose budget cuts at the Pentagon. See more

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Kendall: F-35 Sustainment Costs Likely to Drop

The Pentagon's top acquisition official expects the lifetime operations and sustainment costs for the F-35 joint strike fighter to drop following a report this fall. See more

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

F-35 fighters still highest priority despite budget cuts: Pentagon

The Pentagon's chief arms buyer on Wednesday said he did not expect the U.S. Navy to significantly change its plans to buy F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, despite mounting pressure on the U.S. military budget. See more

August 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

USMC F-35B test pilot makes first shipboard night landing

A US Marine Corps test pilot has performed the first vertical night landing at sea on board the USS Wasp with a Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). See more

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Military Aviation

U.S. Naval Institute

NAVAIR: X-47B to Fly Again

Naval Air Systems Command plans to keep flying the Northrop Grumman's X-47B into 2014 as part of the Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration (UCAS-D) program, USNI News has learned. See more

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Boeing approves one more year of C-17 production on anticipated demand

Boeing has started building as many as 12 more C-17 airlifters in anticipation of signing new orders from international customers, possibly extending the Long Beach, California production line by more than a year. See more

July 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed, Pentagon set deal to buy full order of F-35 jets

Lockheed Martin Corp and the Pentagon on Tuesday said they reached an agreement for 71 more F-35 fighter jets, with lower pricing to allow the U.S. government to buy all the planes it had planned despite budget cuts. See more

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Lockheed Said to Reach Accord With Pentagon on 71 F-35s

Lockheed Martin Corp. reached an agreement in principle today with the Pentagon to sell 71 more F-35 fighters in two contracts valued at as much as $7 billion, according to two people familiar with the deal. See more

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed hopes for next Pentagon deal on F-35 jets soon

Lockheed Martin Co is making "good progress" in negotiations with the Pentagon about the next two batches of F-35 fighter jets and hopes to reach agreement soon, Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson said on Tuesday. See more

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Military Aviation

Lexington Institute

Senior Officials Bolster Outlook For F-35

Tony Capaccio of Bloomberg News reported on July 15 that the Pentagon's top acquisition official hopes to insulate the tri-service F-35 fighter program from the effects of budget sequestration. See more

Monday, July 15, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Lockheed F-35 May Stay Protected, Pentagon's Buyer Says

Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT)'s F-35 fighter may be protected from major cuts even if $52 billion in automatic reductions are imposed on the defense budget in the year starting Oct. 1, according to the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer. See more

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense Media Network

The Navy's X-47B Flies With Air Force Engine

Few realize that as the X-47B performed touch-and-goes on the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) a week after its first catapult launch in late May, it flew with the same Pratt & Whitney engine that has provided thrust for the F-15 and F-16 for decades. See more

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Military Aviation

DoD Buzz

JSF Program Moves Toward LRIP Boost

The Joint Strike Fighter program took another step forward July 1 with a successful weapons test following last month's announcement that the U.S. would bump up production of the much maligned fifth generation fighter to 44 aircraft in 2015. See more

Monday, July 1, 2013
Military Aviation

Air Force Magazine

Fan of Adaptation

Pratt & Whitney later this year will begin testing the adaptive fan that is part of the next-generation variable-cycle propulsion design that it is maturing under the Air Force Research Lab's Adaptive Engine Technology Development program, said Bennett Croswell, president of the company's military engines sector. See more

June 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013
Military Aviation

Air Force Magazine

In for the Long Burn

Pratt & Whitney is gearing up for ground tests later this year of a demonstrator engine featuring technology that would increase the performance of the company's F135—the engine that powers the F-35 strike fighter, said Bennett Croswell, president of the company's military engines sector. See more

Friday, June 28, 2013
Military Aviation

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Pentagon has no plans to put off increased F-35 production

The Pentagon has no plans to delay full-rate production of the F-35 fighter jet under development at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth plant, a top Pentagon official said Friday. See more

Friday, June 28, 2013
Military Aviation

USA Today

Air Force doubles F-35s planned for Ariz. base

The number of F-35 Lightning II training squadrons coming to Luke Air Force Base has doubled, which should secure the Phoenix-area base's future as it draws down its F-16 jet inventory. See more

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Military Aviation, Government News

Breaking Defense

DoD Aviation Plan Ignores Sequestration; Rep. Forbes Warily Watches F-18, F-35 Balance

The second comprehensive report to Congress on the Pentagon's aviation fleet paints a pretty robust picture of the fleet in most respects all the way out to 2043. See more

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Seattle Times

Boeing starts assembly of first Air Force tanker

Boeing workers in Everett have begun assembly of the first aerial refueling tanker under the big Air Force contract to supply 179 planes. See more

Friday, June 21, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

Pratt & Whitney Military Engines President Describes F135 Status

F-35 engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has started sustainment planning for the aircraft's F135 turbofan even as F-35s continue flight-testing. See more

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Kendall: F-35 on Track for FY2015 Ramp Rate

The Pentagon's top procurement official said the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is on track to significantly increase production rates in the fiscal 2015 budget. See more

Monday, June 10, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

How the F-35 programme is fighting back

The Pentagon's tri-service F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is making progress towards completing its developmental phase and entering operational service with the US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps, contractor Lockheed Martin says. See more

Friday, June 7, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

U.S. Services Declare F-35 Operational Capability Dates

Responding to a requirement of the Fiscal Year 2013 defense authorization act, U.S. military services declared their planned initial operational capability (IOC) dates for the three variants of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) on May 31. See more

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Lockheed Martin F-35s Approved by House Spending Panel

The House panel that approves defense funding has produced a draft budget that bankrolls all 29 F-35 jets that the Pentagon requested for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. See more

Monday, June 3, 2013
Military Aviation

TIME

The New Era of Good F-35 Feelings

There has been a lot of good news for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter recently. See more

Sunday, June 2, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Pentagon Targets Overhead Spending

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants to trim the fat across the Defense Department, and he's starting with his office at the Pentagon. See more

May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

U.S. military reveals timing of future F-35 fighter's use to Congress

America's newest warplane, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, will reach operational milestones in 2015 for the Marine Corps, 2016 for the Air Force and 2019 for the Navy, according to details formally provided to the U.S. Congress on Friday. See more

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Military Aviation

DoD Buzz

Marine Corps Speeds Up F-35B Development

The Marine Corps may join the Air Force in moving up its expected initial operating capability from 2016 to the latter part of 2015. See more

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Military Aviation

DoD Buzz

Air Force May Accelerate F-35 Start Date

The U.S. Air Force will inform Congress this week of when it plans to begin operational flights of the F-35 fighter jet, the service's top civilian said. See more

Sunday, May 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Amid Big F-35 Deal, P&W Sees Challenges

Pratt & Whitney has signed a $1 billion contract for the fifth batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engines and expects to sign a sixth contract shortly, according to the company's head of military engines. See more

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Military Aviation

Flying Magazine

F-35 Makes First Vertical Takeoff

Flight test crews at Lockheed Martin have hit some milestones this month as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program slowly progresses. See more

Monday, May 20, 2013
Military Aviation

Breaking Defense

Marine's F-35B Executes First Vertical Takeoff; Straight Up Cool But ...

Watch the F-35B, the Marines' fighter of choice, execute a very cool maneuver in this video, taking off straight up into the sky. See more

Friday, May 17, 2013
Military Aviation

Breaking Defense

Navy X-47B Drone Makes 1st 'Touch & Go' On Carrier

The eagle hasn't exactly landed, but it did the next best thing. See more

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Military Aviation

Breaking Defense

F-35: Sequester May Cost Air Force 5 More F-35As; Air Guard, Modernization At Risk

"I don't have the exact number yet," Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Bolton said Tuesday, but to pay the bill for sequestration, the service might have to cut its fiscal 2013 procurements by "two, three, four, maybe even five F-35s." See more

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed says furloughs could delay F-35 fighter, other programs

The Pentagon's plans to put most of its 800,000 civilian employees on unpaid leave for 11 days could lead to delays on Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other weapons programs, a top company official said on Tuesday. See more

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Popular Science

Autonomous X-47B Jet Fighter Makes Historic First Launch From An Aircraft Carrier

All that was left on the carrier deck was a cloud of white steam wafting over a flight crew that was visibly bursting with excitement even with faces concealed behind bulky protective headgear, noise suppressing headsets, and darkly tinted goggles. See more

Monday, May 13, 2013
Military Aviation

San Diego Union Tribune

Navy to try first carrier launch of X-47B

The Navy says it will make its first attempt on Tuesday to launch Northrop Grumman's futuristic X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System drone from an aircraft carrier. See more

Monday, May 13, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

F-35B performs first vertical take-off

Sources say that test pilots at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, performed the first Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter vertical take-off on 10 May. See more

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

Navy Readies X-47B for Carrier Trials

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy conducted the first shore-based arrested landing of the X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator on May 4 in advance of sea-based trials planned this month. See more

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Eglin AFB receives its first Block 2A F-35

The US Air Force's 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, received its first Block 2A configuration Lockheed Martin F-35A on 6 May. See more

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Military Aviation

Lexington Institute

British Test Pilot On Vertical Takeoff F-35: 'A Joy To Fly'

After years of skeptical media coverage, the turbulence surrounding the Pentagon's F-35 fighter program seems to be dissipating. See more

Friday, May 3, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Australia Sticks With JSF, Will Buy Growlers, New Subs

Australia reaffirmed on Thursday its plans to buy 100 F-35 aircraft — good news for Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp., which has faced some heat lately for cost and schedule overruns associated with delivery of the Pentagon's fleet of fighter jets. See more

April 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Norway seeks green light for operational F-35 buy

The Norwegian government has confirmed plans to acquire up to 52 Lockheed Martin F-35A combat aircraft, and submitted a formal request to the nation's parliament for its first six operational examples. See more

Monday, April 22, 2013
Military Aviation

Lexington Institute

F-35 Fighter Gets Strong Endorsement From Joint Chiefs Chairman

As issues delaying the Pentagon's F-35 fighter program are gradually resolved, it seems to be securing broad support in the political system. See more

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation Week

Military MRO World Facing Unprecedented Uncertainty

The worldwide military maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector will experience an additional business decline of almost 3% from 2013 to 2014, according to Hal Chrisman, a leading analyst and vice president at aviation consultant company ICF SH&E. See more

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Military Aviation

AOL Defense

F-35B Completes First Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing At Night

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has had more than its share of ups and downs, but this week the jump-jet variant of the JSF had an up and down of historic significance: On April 2, a Marine Corps F-35B conducted the first ever short take-off and vertical landing that aircraft has ever done at night. See more

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon OKs Lockheed or Boeing fighters sale to South Korea

The U.S. Defense Department said on Wednesday it has approved the sale of either the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth fighter or Boeing Co's F-15 Silent Eagle fighter to South Korea, which is expected to announce the winner of a 60-jet competition later this year. See more

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

KC-46 Tanker Eyes Summer Milestones

The top official for the U.S. Air Force's new tanker says the program is "on track" and should complete its critical design review this summer, despite potential furloughs due to budget cuts. See more

March 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Outgoing Lockheed F-35 Chief Reflects on Program

With his retirement from Lockheed Martin looming at the end of the month, Tom Burbage, one of the leading figures of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program over the last decade, took some time to reflect on the fifth-generation fighter. See more

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Japan's military chief says F-35 is "best fighter"

Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighters are the best choice for Japan's future operational needs, the nation's highest-ranking uniformed officer said on Wednesday, in a vote of confidence for the state-of-the-art U.S. warplane. See more

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Lockheed's Troubled F-35 Unscathed in Pentagon's Budget

The Pentagon wants to spend about $8.4 billion in the next fiscal year to continue developing and purchasing Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35, the fighter that is seven years behind schedule and 70 percent over initial cost estimates. See more

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation Week

Manufacturer Lays Out Production Plan For KC-390 Engines

International Aero Engines is gearing up to build the first set of V2500-E5 turbofans for Embraer's KC-390 multirole tanker transport as part of eventual plans to deliver around 20 engines per year. See more

Friday, March 22, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

U.S. Air Force Begins F-35A Operational Testing

Operational testing and evaluation of the F-35A has begun, with the delivery of four aircraft to Nellis AFB. See more

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Military Aviation

San Diego Union-Tribune

F-35B makes first vertical landing at Yuma

The first operational squadron of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets passed a milestone Thursday in Yuma when the Marine Corps version of the aircraft made its first vertical landing outside of testing. See more

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Military Aviation

National Defense Magazine

F-35 'Affordable' at $90 Million per Aircraft

The manufacturers of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter must bring the price down to $90 million per copy if they hope to sell 3,000 aircraft to the U.S. military and foreign allies by 2035. See more

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pratt & Whitney says drive to lower F-35 costs 'burned in our brain'

The head of Pratt & Whitney's military engine business said on Wednesday that driving down the cost of the F-35 fighter jet was "burned in our brain," but cuts sparked by U.S. budget woes could slow the effort. See more

Friday, March 1, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Lockheed F-35 Flights Permitted to Resume, Pentagon Says

Flights of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 will be allowed to resume, the U.S. Defense Department said, ending a suspension that grounded the fleet after the discovery of a cracked engine blade in one of the stealth jets. See more

Friday, March 1, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

Pentagon says to resume F-35 flights

The Pentagon said on Thursday it would resume flights of its F-35 fighter jets following a week-long precautionary grounding imposed after a crack was found on an engine blade on a test plane in California. See more

February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Contractors Push Back on JSF Criticism

Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney are pushing back against criticisms leveled by Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the head of the Pentagon's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program office. See more

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Pratt & Whitney to test upgraded F135 this year

Pratt & Whitney expects to test an upgraded version of its F135 afterburning turbofan later this year, a top company official says. The engine is installed on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. See more

Monday, February 25, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Pratt & Whitney expects to test AETD adaptive fan in 'about a month'

Pratt & Whitney expects to test a new adaptive fan design for its version of the US Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) adaptive engine technology development (AETD) variable cycle engine programme within the next 30 days, a top company official says. See more

Monday, February 25, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Defense News

JSF Findings Expected This Week

A preliminary report on the engine malfunction that grounded the entire F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet is expected by Friday, according to a program spokeswoman. See more

Monday, February 11, 2013
Military Aviation

Canadian Skies

F-35 costs coming down

Lockheed Martin announced it has managed to reduce the cost of an F-35 in "combat configuration" by 50 per cent, through supply chain and production line streamlining. See more

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Military Aviation

Toronto Sun

Test pilot raves about F-35

Back in his native Ottawa, a Lockheed-Martin test pilot, board member and former Canadian air force colonel is talking up the F-35 stealth fighter. See more

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Budget cuts would trim flying hours, F-35 orders: Air Force

The U.S. Air Force will have to curtail its orders for Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet, restructure a $52 billion tanker deal with Boeing Co and reduce its flying hours by 18 percent if lawmakers do not avert impending across-the-board spending cuts, the service told Congress on Wednesday. See more

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

USAF may be forced to restructure F-35, KC-46 and MQ-9 under sequestration

The Lockheed Martin F-35, Boeing KC-46 tanker and General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper could be restructured if the current budget impasse is not resolved, according to a US Air Force presentation to Congress. See more

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Military Aviation

Jane's

F-35 concurrency costs not as great as feared, official says

Lockheed Martin expects concurrency costs associated with the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to go "significantly downward" with the release of the Joint Program Office's (JPO's) estimates later in the year, a company official told IHS Jane's on 1 February. See more

Monday, February 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

P&W Sends First Engine Shipment to India

As the largest air show in India gets underway, engine maker Pratt & Whitney has delivered its first batch of C-17 engines to the Indian Air Force. See more

Monday, February 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation Week

Indian Defense Market Is The World's Busiest

The growth in the Indian defense sector is surging, and the U.S. is jostling with traditional arms suppliers Russia, Israel and France for a prominent space in the South Asian nation's military modernization plans. See more

January 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Lockheed hopes to firm up F-35 Lot 6 & 7 contracts before mid-year

Lockheed Martin hopes to "definitize" previously awarded F-35 low rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 6 and 7 contracts in the first half of 2013, top company officials told investors on 24 January. See more

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Military Aviation

The Telegraph

Inside the F-35, the world's most futuristic fighter jet

A blazing hot December morning. High blue skies. Wide open spaces. This is Fort Worth, Texas, famous for its frontier atmosphere, its stockyards, rodeos, Art Deco downtown – and the vast Lockheed Martin factory. See more

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

U.S. Air Force Looks To Trim Budget Ahead of Possible Sequestration

Driven by the dual threat of operating under a continuing resolution and a potential sequestration, the U.S. Air Force has issued guidance for immediate actions to cut its budget. See more

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Military Aviation

Jane's

F-35 officials highlight programme achievements in response to critical report

Lockheed Martin has hit back at the findings of a Pentagon report issued to the US Congress criticising continued "immaturity" and uncertainty in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter by saying the programme is demonstrating greater stability than any legacy aircraft has at a comparative stage of development. See more

Monday, January 14, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon Report Cites 'Lack of Maturity' of Lockheed F-35 Jet

Lockheed Martin's new F-35 fighter jet has completed over a third of its planned flight tests, but it is still facing problems with the helmet needed to fly the plane, software development and weapons integration, according to a report by the Pentagon's chief weapons tester. See more

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Military Aviation

AOL Defense

Why Air Force Needs Lots Of F-35s: Gen. Hostage On The 'Combat Cloud'

Technology is not enough. What's equally essential is ideas for how to use it. Wielding new weapons in the same old way is a recipe for defeat. See more

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Military Aviation

NPR

The F-35 Fighter Jet: The Cost And Controversy

The sleek and efficient F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is scheduled to replace as many as ten planes currently in service. See more

December 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed gets up to $4.9 billion in further F-35 funding

Lockheed Martin Corp on Friday was awarded up to $4.9 billion in additional funding for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Pentagon announced on Friday. See more

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

What will replace the USAF's F-15E Strike Eagle?

On 11 December, the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle marked the 26th anniversary of its first flight, but the venerable strike fighter will continue serving with the US Air Force well into the 2030s. See more

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon Says Will Sign F-35 Deal, Price Emerges

The Pentagon will pay about 4 percent less for each new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35A fighter jet when it signs a deal worth $3.8 billion with the No. 1 U.S. defense contractor on Friday, according to sources familiar with the deal. See more

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Military Aviation

Reuters

U.S. aerospace industry projects tenth straight growth year

U.S. aerospace and arms companies are poised for sales growth in 2013 for what would be their 10th straight year, even as the Pentagon prepares to cut its purchases as much as 10 percent, the industry's chief trade group said Wednesday. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Military Aviation

Air Force Times

F-35 program at big risk for cuts, analysts say

Defense experts recommend scaling back purchases of the F-35 joint strike fighter or canceling the program altogether, according to a recent report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington think tank. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Military Aviation

Seattle Post Intelligencer

Single-Engine Speed Record

Fifty-three years ago this month, a USAF/Convair F-106A Delta Dart was clocked at 1,525.695 mph on an 11-mile straight course at Edwards Air Force Base, California. See more

November 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012
Military Aviation

Time

This Drone Notion Is Starting to Get Serious

This looks, and sounds, like the first U.S. military drone to, well, look and sound like a warplane. See more

Friday, November 30, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

US Navy details X-47B catapult launch test

The US Navy has detailed the 29 November ground-based catapult launch of the Northrop Grumman X-47B, a key milestone in the path to carrier-based operations. See more

Friday, November 30, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon, Lockheed agree deal for 32 more F-35 fighters

Lockheed Martin Corp and the U.S. Defense Department have reached an agreement in principle on a fifth batch of 32 additional F-35 fighter planes, the Pentagon said on Friday. See more

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

U.S. Air Force sticking to plans to buy 1,763 F-35 jets

The U.S. Air Force affirmed on Thursday its plans to buy 1,763 F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp in coming years, as Lockheed and the government neared agreement on a multi-billion dollar contract for a fifth batch of planes. See more

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

Pentagon to invest in new prototype aircraft designs

The US Department of Defense (DOD) will be investing in new prototype aircraft in order to preserve the country's engineering design talents, the Pentagon's top procurement official says. See more

Friday, November 23, 2012
Military Aviation

Crestview News Bulletin

First U.K. pilots begin training to fly F-35

Last week, the first two United Kingdom pilots started training to fly the F-35. See more

Thursday, November 22, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

RAAF's sixth C-17 formally welcomed in Australia

The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) sixth and final Boeing C-17 strategic transport has been formally welcomed at Amberley air base in Queensland. See more

Thursday, November 22, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

RAAF's sixth C-17 formally welcomed in Australia

The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) sixth and final Boeing C-17 strategic transport has been formally welcomed at Amberley air base in Queensland. See more

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Marines establish first operational squad of F-35 fighters

The Marine Corps on Tuesday established its first operational squadron of F-35 fighter jets at an air station in Yuma, Arizona, a move that officials said showed progress on the Pentagon's biggest and most scrutinized weapons program. See more

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

USMC stands-up first operational F-35B squadron; operational testing in 2015

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has stood-up its first operational Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) squadron at MCAS Yuma, Arizona. See more

Monday, November 19, 2012
Military Aviation

AOL Defense

The Next Century For Marine Aviation: The F-35B Comes To Yuma

The first F-35 Bravos are arriving at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma later this month. See more

Monday, November 19, 2012
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

Navy, Northrop Grumman Test X-47B Handheld Controller

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy completed the first shore-based trials in early November of a wireless handheld device that will enable operators to maneuver the X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) on Navy carrier decks. See more

Friday, November 16, 2012
Military Aviation

Air Transport World

Boeing, Airbus bullish on Latin America

Boeing and Airbus both see strong demand for commercial aircraft in Latin America over the next two decades. See more

Friday, November 16, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

USAF unit completes F-35 OUE activity

The US Air Force's 33rd Fighter Wing has completed flying the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter's operational utility evaluation at Eglin AFB, Florida. See more

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Military Aviation

Dallas Morning News

Pentagon official tells Lockheed to put F-35 success over profit

The military's purchasing chief has told Lockheed Martin Corp. that it must put improving the performance of the F-35 fighter ahead of immediate profit, Bloomberg reported. See more

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon wants Lockheed to focus more on F-35 execution

The Pentagon wants Lockheed Martin Corp to focus less on short-term business goals and more on successfully delivering the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the U.S. military, the Defense Department's chief weapons buyer said on Tuesday. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Military Aviation

Defense News

Danish Military To Meet Lockheed, Boeing Over Fighter Replacement

Danish military officials will be visiting Washington this week in a major step toward restarting competition for their fighter replacement program. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon's message to Lockheed: Stay focused on F-35

Lockheed Martin Corp said on Monday Pentagon officials have voiced support for Marillyn Hewson, and have urged the company to stay focused on its flagship program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Defense News

F-35 Training Takes Off

The F-35 training program took a crucial step forward on Friday when Maj. Joseph Scholtz became the first outside pilot to fully complete his training on the Defense Department’s prize jet. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed sees increased Singapore interest in F-35 fighter

Singapore is showing increased interest in buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

USAF hopes to complete flying portion of F-35 OUE next week

The US Air Force's first Lockheed Martin F-35A training unit expects to complete the flying portion of the jet's operational utility evaluation (OUE) early next week. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

U.S. Air Force Seeks F-22 Cooperation with Allies

A senior U.S. Air Force commander has opened the door to joint coalition operations with the stealthy F-22 Raptor fighter. See more

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Military Aviation

military.com

F-35 Celebrates 500th Sortie as Program Grows

The Air Force's premier fighter, the F-35 Lightning II, surpassed its 500th sortie only 16 days after reaching the 400 mark and only 238 days from the beginning of the program. See more

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Military Aviation

ExecutiveGov

Col. Andrew Toth: AF Pilots Giving F-35 Positive Feedback

U.S. Air Force pilots and maintainers stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida are giving good feedback on the stability and performance of the Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jet, Flightglobal reports. See more

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

US Air Force praises early performance of Lockheed Martin F-35

Initial feedback from US Air Force pilots and maintainers operating the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Eglin AFB, Florida, suggests the aircraft is performing better than its predecessors did at a similar stage of development. See more

October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

GE, United Tech get funds for new engine technologies - Pentagon

General Electric Co and United Technologies Corp on Wednesday won sizable contracts to continue work on a new engine technology development program, the Pentagon said. See more

Friday, October 26, 2012
Military Aviation

Vancouver Sun

U.S. Air Force chief throws support behind F-35

Embattled F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin got a rare endorsement this week as the head of the U.S. Air Force threw his support behind the stealth fighter. See more

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed sees "great" progress on F-35 fighter

Lockheed Martin Corp on Wednesday said it was making "great progress" on the F-35 fighter jet program. See more

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Military Aviation, Government News

Executive Gov

Report: Frank Kendall Memo Seeks Industry Help in Shaping Post-F35 Era

Defense Acquisition Undersecretary Frank Kendall sent a memo to industry seeking ideas on how to prepare for the next era of military aviation after the retirement of both the F-35 and F-22 fighters, Bloomberg reports. See more

Monday, October 22, 2012
Military Aviation, Government News, Top Stories

Reuters

Budget fears cast shadow over U.S. Army trade show

Continued uncertainty about future U.S. military budgets cast a shadow over this year's big U.S. Army trade show. See more

Monday, October 22, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Dayton Daily News

Jet engine producers awarded Air Force contracts

Two top military jet engine makers will be paid nearly $700 million by the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate at Wright-Patterson to develop the next generation of advanced fighter aircraft, officials said. See more

September 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Military Aviation

Air Force Times

AF to give F-35 training a thorough review

The Air Force's variant on the joint strike fighter is reaching a "milestone," when the Air Force will review the training operations at Eglin Air Force Base. See more

Monday, September 10, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

Embraer completes preliminary design review for KC-390

The Brazilian air force and Embraer completed a preliminary design review of the KC-390 tanker in August. See more

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

U.S. budget cuts sharpen battle for fighter jet exports

Competition is heating up in the global fighter jet market. See more

Friday, September 7, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

USAF to start F-35 operational utility evaluation on 10 September

The US Air Force is scheduled to start an operational utility evaluation of its Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter fleet. See more

Saturday, September 1, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Pensacola News Journal

At Eglin, F-35 fighter shaping the future of the military

Col. Andrew Toth sees a solid 50-year future for his burgeoning training command. See more

June 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012
Military Aviation

TradeArabia

US group opens new MRO unit in Saudi (Pratt & Whitney)

The Middle East Propulsion Company, a joint venture between US-based aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and a group led by Saudi Arabian Airlines, has opened its new aircraft-engine maintenance unit in Riyadh. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Military Aviation

The New York Times

Machinists at Lockheed to Vote On Agreement to End a Strike

Lockheed Martin said it had reached a tentative agreement Saturday night with the machinists union to end a nine-week strike at its fighter jet plant in Fort Worth and two other sites. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Military Aviation

Yahoo! News

Lockheed, machinists reach tentative agreement

After more than two months on strike, Lockheed Martin machinists are expected to vote this week on a new labor contract after a tentative deal was reached with the company. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Military Aviation

Politico

Defense industry sounds alarm on sequestration

AIA will have at least two other August events, including a roundtable discussion with North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue in Cary, N.C., at LORD Corp. and another employee rally in West Palm Beach, Fla., at Pratt & Whitney. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Military Aviation

AINonline

Lockheed Martin Vows To Improve F-35 Program Performance

Lockheed Martin CEO-in-waiting Christopher Kubasik says the company is committed to righting ongoing problems with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which has doubled in unit cost and slipped in schedule by six years until full-rate production, now slated for 2019. See more