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

F-35 Joint Simulation Environment Testing Faces Another Delay

By Lee Hudson Oct 26, 2020
The JSE creates a synthetic world that allows operational testers to gauge the F-35’s performance in theater-level scenarios. JSE testing is delayed from December to some time in 2021.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Potential F-35 Cutbacks Prompt Questions from UK Lawmakers

By Tony Osborne Aug 28, 2020
The UK Parliamentary Defense Committee has written to the government over concerns that the UK may not buy its full complement of Lockheed Martin F-35 combat aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

South Korean F-35 Buy To Reportedly Expand With Carrier Plan

By Kim Minseok Aug 27, 2020
South Korea has reportedly expanded its requirement for additional Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings to 40 aircraft from 20, as the defense ministry refines plans for a ship to carry some of them.
Aircraft & Propulsion

DOD Official: F-35 Sale To Poland May Quicken Future Deal Closings

By Lee Hudson Aug 20, 2020
The sale of Lockheed Martin F-35s to Poland paves the way for future Joint Strike Fighter deals to close within six months of the initial agreement.
Aircraft & Propulsion

F-35 Software Quirk Prevents LVC Training Roll-Out To USAF

By Steve Trimble Aug 14, 2020
The F-35A’s onboard sensor fusion prevents the Air Force right now from widely implementing a live, virtual and constructed training format, a top US Air Force commander says.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Air Force Acquires Eight Former Turkish F-35As

By Steve Trimble Jul 21, 2020
An $862 million contract award ends the year-old mystery over the disposition of F-35As ordered by Turkey since the country's expulsion from the international fighter program.
Aircraft & Propulsion

House Proposal Would Set Up Clash With Senate Over Number of F-35s

By Steve Trimble Jun 26, 2020
A proposal by the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to authorize the Defense Department to buy 79 Lockheed Martin F-35s in fiscal…
Aircraft & Propulsion