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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon’s newest and most expensive weapons program, will only offer limited close air support when it begins operational flights in the Air Force next year, a top general said. “In many ways, it won’t have the some of the capabilities of our current platforms,” Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, head […]

The Pentagon’s F-35 Lightning II has been test-flying in extreme heat, artic cold, rain, humidity, ice and desert winds in a specially engineered climactic laboratory hangar at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida — as a way to prepare and certify the new aircraft to fly into any corner of the world. “They have been testing […]

The U.S. Air Force plans to re-balance its approach to Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in order to build a force that is more capable of operating in contested or “non-permissive” operating environments, service leaders said at the 2013 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, National Harbor, Md. In particular, this means […]

The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement for the next two F-35 Lightning II aircraft production contracts, called Low-Rate Initial Production, or LRIP lots 6 and 7, according to an F-35 Joint Program Office statement. The deal is is expected to include 71 JSF stealth fighter aircraft and continue a reduction in F-35 […]

The U.S. Air Force’s F-35 fighter jet launched its first in-flight missile in a key software test, the service announced. The Lockheed Martin Corp.-made F-35A on June 5 fired a Raytheon Co.-made AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile above Naval Air Station Point Mugu, a test range in the Pacific Ocean, according to a release from the […]