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  • DOT&E Predicts Further F-35 Delays

    The Pentagon’s chief weapon tester predicts the F-35 program might not start initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) until late 2018 at the earliest and 2020 at the latest. In his annual report released Tuesday, Pentagon Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) Michael Gilmore said the F-35 program will more likely start IOT&E in […]
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  • Marines Deploy First F-35B Squadron To Japan

    A Marine Corps fighter squadron has deployed for Japan equipped with the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, marking the first overseas stationing of the aircraft since the service declared it fit for combat last year. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, an F-35B squadron with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, on Jan. 9 deployed from Marine Corps […]
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  • Senator: Trump’s Tweets Could Hurt F-35 Industrial Base

    A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee charged Jan. 3 that President-elect Donald Trump’s critical tweets about the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 are sowing uncertainty in the fighter jet’s industrial base, as well as among the U.S. military and allied forces. More than 1,250 F-35 suppliers across the United States “need to plan production […]
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  • Trump: CEO Meetings To Yield ‘Tremendous’ Savings On Air Force One, F-35

    Following closed-door meetings with senior military officials and the chief executives of both Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT], President-elect Donald Trump claims to have secured lower-cost deals on two major defense programs he previously skewered on social media. Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg made the pilgrimage to Trump's Mar-a-Lago […]
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  • Government Could Again Force Lockheed Martin To Accept F-35 Price For Lot 10 Aircraft

    Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the F-35 Joint Program Office have reverted to the “elemental level” in negotiations over the cost of the 10th lot of aircraft to avoid deadlock and the government repeating a unilateral contract action as it did with the previous deal. After more than a year the JPO in early November felt further […]
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