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-+*The U.S. Marine Corps’ next-generation fighter jet will initially rely on a workaround to merge targeting data from multiple aircraft, a general said. Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, the service’s deputy commandant for aviation, on Monday discussed the issue during a conference call with reporters. He oversaw the recent operational readiness inspection of 10 F-35B jump-jet versions of […]

-+*The Australian military has decided to cancel plans to purchase F-35B Joint Strike Fighter short-take-off-and-vertical landing aircraft and place 12 of the aircraft on two of their larger assault ships, citing the challenges of needing to rework the ships to accommodate the plane, according to published reports. “Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s proposal to put F-35 fighter […]

-+*Royal Air Force Lakenheath will be the first European base to host U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadrons, the Pentagon announced. The facility, located in the eastern part of England in the United Kingdom, will house two operational squadrons consisting of 24 aircraft apiece, for a total of 48 F-35As, beginning in 2020, according to […]

-+*The Navy is beginning to work on a a next-generation carrier-launched fighter jet to replace the existing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Growler aircraft by 2030 and supplement the F-35C the Pentagon is still developing, service officials said. The Navy effort, called the F/A-XX study, includes early work on the desired technological capabilities for the new aircraft. The […]

-+*Increasingly sophisticated radar in China and Russia may soon be able to pierce the stealth armor on F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, according to a news report. The stealth coating on the U.S.-made fifth-generation fighters shields the aircraft from high-frequency radars operating in the Ku, X and C bands and some of the S band, […]