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June 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon sees progress on F-35 jet; software still a concern

Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet is making steady progress but needs further work to accelerate software development, increase reliability and lower the cost of operating and maintaining the new warplanes, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer said on Thursday. See more

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Military Aviation

National Defense Magazine

International F-35 Sales Set to Ramp Up, Bring Down Per-Jet Price

By the end of summer, Lockheed Martin will have sealed a deal with the Defense Department for 43 more joint strike fighters, a contract that along with burgeoning international sales should bring the per-jet price down to levels that have long been promised but never delivered, the company's JSF program chief said June 9. See more

May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014
Military Aviation

Breaking Defense

F-35B Will Fly, Hover, Not Land Vertically At RIAT, Farnborough

Will the F-35B land vertically at the Royal International Air Tattoo or the Farnborough Air Show? No. Will it hover? Yes. See more

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Military Aviation

AirInsight

Beyond the GTF – Transformational Change at Pratt & Whitney

The mood at Pratt & Whitney is more optimistic today than we've seen it in several years. See more

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Military Aviation

Jane's

Pratt continues AETD design work, preps for 2016 testing

United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney military engines unit is working on the final two years of design work on the Pentagon's Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) programme, according to the company official who oversees the company's sixth-generation engine work. See more

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Military Aviation

Jane's

Pratt to ramp up KC-46A engine production

United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney military engines unit is preparing to increase production of a PW4000 commercial derivative for the US Air Force's (USAF's) Boeing KC-46A aerial refuelling tanker at its Hartford, Connecticut factory. See more

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Military Aviation

DVIDS

F-35B performs first East Coast public demonstration

The F-35B Lightning II made its East Coast performing debut May 16 – 18 during the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point "Inspiration to Innovation" Air Show. See more

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Bomber-Plane Budget by U.S. Air Force Projected to Double

The U.S. Air Force projects that its annual spending on long-range bombers will almost double after 2019 as it seeks a new stealth aircraft that may pit Northrop Grumman Corp. against a joint bid from Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. See more

Friday, May 2, 2014
Military Aviation

United Press International

Navy readies X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle for new sea tests

Northrop Grumman's X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle is undergoing shore-based testing prior to its embarkation on an aircraft carrier this summer, the U.S. Navy has announced. See more

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