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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 Defense Department’s F-35 fighter jet program has recently made progress on several fronts, but still faces “considerable” challenges and risks, according to a new analysis from government auditors. The Joint Strike Fighter program in 2012 met most of its management objectives, according to recent testimony from Michael Sullivan, director of acquisition and sourcing management […]

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Lockheed Martin Corp., the world’s largest defense contractor, is expected to square off against BAE Systems Plc and Boeing Co. on competitions to upgrade foreign fleets of F-16 fighter jets. Lockheed, the Bethesda, Md.-based contractor that makes the aircraft, had a lock on the work until last year, when London-based BAE successfully challenged it on […]

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