Swiss Government To Proceed With F-35 Purchase By March 2023 

By Tony Osborne Jun 03, 2022
Bern’s Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport says it can sign contracts before the “Stop F-35” initiative can be voted on. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

The Weekly Debrief: Why The F-35 Should Have Starred In Top Gun Sequel

By Steve Trimble May 31, 2022
Despite some discrepancies in the details, Top Gun: Maverick highlights one of the biggest challenges in modern air combat.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Air Force F-35As Spent Less Time Flying In 2021

By Steve Trimble Apr 08, 2022
Annual flying hours per aircraft dropped for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A fleet in 2021, erasing five years of steady progress, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Turkey Rejects Proposal To Trade S-400s For F-35s

By Steve Trimble Mar 23, 2022
A spokesman for Turkey’s government on March 23 called proposal for sending the NATO country’s S-400 systems to Ukraine “quite unrealistic today.”
Missile Defense & Weapons

EU Pledges Fighter Jet Transfers to Ukraine

By Tony Osborne Feb 27, 2022
The European Union has said it will provide fighter jets to Ukraine as part of a €450 million ($502.3 million) support package of lethal aid.
Aircraft & Propulsion

F-35 Will Be Finland’s Next Fighter

By Tony Osborne Dec 10, 2021
National evaluations put the F-35’s military capability well ahead of its competitors, Helsinki says.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Norway To Equip F-35s With Joint Strike Missile

By Tony Osborne Oct 23, 2021
Norway’s defense materiel agency has signed a 3.95 billion krone ($470 million) contract to acquire an undisclosed number of the missiles.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Rolls Out Norway’s First P-8 Maritime Patrol Poseidon

By Tony Osborne Jul 09, 2021
Boeing has rolled out Norway’s first P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, ahead of a first flight later this month.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Switzerland Selects F-35 

By Tony Osborne Jun 30, 2021
The Swiss selection—announced June 30—adds to the F-35s growing tally of competition wins, the aircraft proving unbeatable in virtually every tender it has taken part in.
Aircraft & Propulsion

UK Will Send Carrier-Based F-35s To Counter Islamic State Insurgency

By Tony Osborne May 04, 2021
UK F-35s will see action again in the skies over Iraq and Syria, this time operating from the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Honeywell Admits Sending F-35, F-22 Part Drawings To China

By Steve Trimble May 03, 2021
The settlement allows Honeywell to pay $8 million in fines over a two-year period, plus another $5 million on compliance measures.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Italian F-35s Deploy to Estonia for Air Policing Mission

By Tony Osborne May 02, 2021
Italy has deployed its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for Baltic Air Policing, the first time the fighter has been used for the mission. The Italian Air…
Defense and Space

Podcast: Explaining the F-35’s Cost and Programmatic Issues

By Jen DiMascio Apr 28, 2021
After a blistering congressional hearing, Aviation Week editors break down some of the F-35 program’s recent struggles and cost issues to develop the program and maintain and operate the fighter.
Defense and Space

USAF Measuring F-35 Affordability By Tails, Not Flying Hours 

By Lee Hudson Apr 22, 2021
There are mixed opinions among the services on how to make the fifth-generation fighter affordable. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

New Bill Proposes Lengthy Review For UAE F-35 Deal

By Steve Trimble Apr 18, 2021
Two senators proposed a bill on April 16 to ensure sales of Lockheed Martin F-35s to Middle Eastern countries could not escape a full vetting process…
Defense and Space

USAF IDs F-35 For Starlink Internet Experiment

By Steve Trimble Mar 30, 2021
Lockheed Martin received a $12.8 million contract award from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on March 25 for the Defense Experimentation Using Commercial Space Internet (DEUCSI) program.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Norwegian Cruise Missile Begins Drop Tests From F-35

By Steve Trimble Mar 19, 2021
The anti-surface Joint Strike Missile (JSM) manufactured by Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace performed a series of successful test drops from a U.S. Air Force F-35A at Edwards Air Force Base, California in February. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

Italian Carrier Hosts U.S. F-35s For First Sea Trials

By Tony Osborne Mar 03, 2021
Italy’s aircraft carrier Cavour has embarked F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the first time in a milestone towards qualifying the ship to support the combat aircraft. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Israel Firms KC-46 Buy, Confirms Third F-35 Squadron Purchase Plan

By Tony Osborne Feb 22, 2021
The Israeli government has confirmed it will acquire a third squadron of Lockheed Martin F-35s as well as heavy-lift helicopters and advanced munitions as part of its new arms procurement program to update the Israeli Defense Forces. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Spain Weighs Implications of Naval F-35 Buy

By Tony Osborne Feb 03, 2021
The Spanish Navy is mulling the implications of an F-35 purchase as it considers how best to replace its AV-8 Harriers which operate from its light carrier, the Juan Carlos I. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Lockheed Double-Counted Three F-35 Deliveries In 2020 Tally

By Steve Trimble Feb 03, 2021
The company delivered 120 F-35s in 2020, not 123. The discrepancy between the two numbers appears in two public documents released by Lockheed Martin.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Commits To Supporting First UK Carrier Strike Deployment

By Tony Osborne Jan 20, 2021
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have committed to support the first operational deployment of the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier in the spring. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

UK Contracts With MBDA For Spear 3 Missile Production

By Tony Osborne Jan 06, 2021
The UK has contracted with MBDA for the production of its Spear 3 network enabled air-to-ground missile which will become the primary weapon of the UK’s F-35 fleet.
Missile Defense & Weapons

UK Says Carrier Strike Capability Ready for Operations

By Tony Osborne Jan 05, 2021
The UK has declared its carrier strike capability operational, paving the way for the first operational cruise of new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in the spring.
Aircraft & Propulsion

F-35 A Winner In Compromise Defense Policy Bill

By Lee Hudson Dec 03, 2020
The bill authorizes the procurement of 93 F-35s for $9.1 billion, an additional 14 aircraft above the budget request.
Budget, Policy & Operations