• F-35s ‘Breaking More Often and Taking Longer to Fix’

    F-35s ‘Breaking More Often and Taking Longer to Fix’0

    The Air Force’s F-35 program continues to fall short of the Pentagon’s combat readiness goals, a senior DOD official told Congress Wednesday. “No F-35 variant meets the specified reliability or maintainability metrics,” Robert Behler, director of the DOD Operational Test and Evaluation Office, told a House Armed Services subcommittee, according to Military.com. “The aircraft are

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  • In Our Communities

    In Our Communities0

    Madison, Wis., Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway wants more answers about how a new squadron of F-35s would impact the community, citing concerns over contamination and noise, according to Military.com. In a letter to the Pentagon last week, Rhodes-Conway requested further study. Montgomery, Ala., is the other site the Pentagon is considering…. Tyler Perry Studios, located at

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  • Pentagon Orders Hundreds More F-35s

    Pentagon Orders Hundreds More F-35s0

    DOD has agreed to purchase 478 more of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II, even as delays continue with the aircraft. “I have full faith and confidence in the F-35 program and our ability to deliver F-35 combat capability anywhere in the world,” Ellen Lord, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, told reporters at the Pentagon, according

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  • Hill AFB Receives 400th F-35 Stealth Fighter Delivery

    Hill AFB Receives 400th F-35 Stealth Fighter Delivery0

    The Air Force announced Monday that Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has received delivery of the 400th Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter, Air Force Times reported. “This 400th delivery is a significant milestone as the F-35 Enterprise continues to grow and expand around the world,” said Vice Adm. Mat Winter, program executive officer for the

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  • Air Force Defends Purchase Request for More F-15 Aircraft

    Air Force Defends Purchase Request for More F-15 Aircraft0

    Air Force officials told the Senate Armed Services Committee late last week that their request for Boeing’s F-15X fourth-generation fighter jet won’t upend plans to buy Lockheed Martin’s fifth-generation F-35 fighter, Defense News reported. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said it is a short-term and cost-effective fix for retiring the F-15C Eagle.

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  • House Joint Fighter Caucus Proposes Purchasing Additional F-35s

    House Joint Fighter Caucus Proposes Purchasing Additional F-35s0

    The House Joint Strike Fighter Caucus sent a bipartisan letter Monday signed by 99 members to push for an increase in F-35A purchases, following the Air Force’s recent budget request that proposed keeping them at a flat rate, DefenseNews reported. The letter to defense authorizers and appropriators argued the caucus’s proposed F-35 production hike would

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