While “legacy” platforms strive for supremacy in ongoing fighter battles, the “fifth-generation” contender’s present fight is in Washington, with cost, test schedule and an alternative engine as critical issues. Though absent from the flight line and flying display, the Lockheed Martin F-35 will remain a prominent point among military aerospace attendees at this year’s Farnborough International Air Show. A raft of combat aircraft procurements are now underway—including from Brazil ...

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