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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