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Australia Receives First Two Locally Based F-35s

The Australian Defence Force received its first two F-35A aircraft this weekend, becoming the seventh nation worldwide with Joint Strike Fighters on home soil, Lockheed Martin [LMT] said. The two aircraft arrived  at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Williamtown on Dec. 10 local time, the company said. “The arrival of the first F-35 aircraft to […]

Northrop Receives $450 Million for Joint Threat Emitter program

Northrop Grumman [NOC] on Thursday was awarded a $450 million contract for production of its joint threat emitter (JTE) electronic warfare threat simulator for the U.S. military and foreign allies. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract includes JTE production end-items, spares, support equipment, testing and training for U.S. agencies and U.S. partner countries, according to the contract […]

Tyndall To Host F-35s After Rebuilding, F-22s To Be Re-Assigned

The Air Force plans to host three F-35 squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and is seeking supplemental funding to rebuild the base in order to receive the Joint Strike Fighter, the service announced Dec. 7. If the decision is approved and supplemental funds are appropriated, F-35s could be based at Tyndall by 2023, […]

F-35 Begins Formal Operational Testing and Evaluation Phase

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program will begin its formal operational test and evaluation process with the goal of achieving full rate production by late 2019, the joint program office announced Dec. 6. The Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team (JOTT) will conduct the formal IOT&E effort with its international partners under the oversight of […]

Huntington Leader Pushes for Increased Defense Budget to Support Shipbuilding Priorities

As Pentagon officials and lawmakers mull the topline of the fiscal year 2020 defense budget, Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] will be focused on ensuring the Navy’s next generation of nuclear submarines remains sufficiently funded without sacrificing other shipbuilding priorities, the company’s leader said. The forthcoming Columbia-class of nuclear submarines has been identified as a top […]

Reagan Forum Panelists View China As Main ‘Pacing Threat’ to U.S. Security

SIMI VALLEY, California – While the United States continues to follow and weigh threats from countries including Russia, Iran and North Korea, a number of panelists at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum Dec. 1 pointed to China as having the biggest potential to undermine economic and national security. Beijing’s ability to more thoroughly change […]

DoD Official Backs Space Force as Survey Shows Lack of Public Support

SIMI VALLEY, California – A senior Defense Department official emphasized Dec. 1 that a standalone Space Force would help the Pentagon maintain direction for efforts to remain competitive in the domain amid reports that a sixth military branch lacks public support. “Our idea is about focus,” Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord […]

DoD Awards Nearly $400 Million for F-35 Engine Sustainment

The Pentagon on Friday awarded Pratt & Whitney nearly $400 million for a contract modification that provides for performance-based logistics sustainment for the F-35 joint strike fighter’s engine system. Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. [UTX], supplies the F135 propulsion system for all U.S. government and international variants of the Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built […]