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F-35 Watch

(Updates story with quotes from British Ministry of Defense spokeswoman beginning in eighth paragraph.) A recent “60 Minutes” segment on the Defense Department’s F-35 focused on some of the high-tech features of the future fighter jet. The Pentagon’s most advanced — and most expensive — acquisition program isn’t just another stealth aircraft with angled lines […]

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The U.S. Defense Department’s newest and most advanced fighter jet has cracked during testing and isn’t yet reliable for combat operations, the Pentagon’s top weapons tester said in new report. The entire F-35 fleet was grounded last February after a crack was discovered in a turbine blade of an F-35A. While the order was subsequently […]

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The U.S. Defense Department’s top weapons buyer is assembling a team of independent experts to study the F-35 fighter jet’s software development delays. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, was ordered to put together a group to study the issue and submit a report to Congress by March 3 […]

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Russia’s latest version of the Sukhoi T-50 fighter jet recently arrived at a test base outside Moscow. The fifth and latest prototype for Russia’s fifth-generation stealth fighter program — one of only a few in development around the world — landed Nov. 11 at the Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky, about 25 miles southeast […]

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The U.S. Defense Department has canceled development of an alternative helmet for the F-35 fighter jet, the program office announced today. The move is projected to save about $45 million in avoided development costs, according to Joe DellaVedova, a spokesman for the program.

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