Japan MOD: Ships Should Quickly Be Adapted For F-35B
The Japanese helicopter carriers Izumo and Kaga should be modified as soon as possible to operate Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightnings, the defense ministry said, emphasizing that the country has inadequate fighter coverage over the Pacific Ocean.
The U.S. Air Force is looking to move roughly $35 billion in the future years defense plan (FYDP) beginning in fiscal 2021 to better align with the National Defense Strategy as part of Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s zero-based review initiative.
The Netherlands becomes the first European nation to commit to an additional follow-up order for the F-35 on top of their requirements, but the additional aircraft still only bring the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s fleet to just over half of the 85 the country pledged to buy when it joined the program in 2002.
Boeing and Lockheed Martin, NASA’s prime contractors for the Space Launch System and Orion capsule programs, will face tougher standards for award fees as part of ongoing talks for current and future work on the deep-space human launch system.
DARPA is working to identify alternative locations to test its Dynetics Gremlins unmanned aircraft airborne launch and recovery system after July earthquakes heavily damaged China Lake Naval Weapon Station in California, where flight tests were planned.