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  • 10 April 2019

    An international search is underway in the Pacific Ocean for a Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A fighter jet, which disappeared from radar at around 7:30pm local time on April 9. The F-35A lost radar contact approximately 85 miles east of Misawa Air Base. Media reports quoting Japanese military officials say parts of the stealth […]

  • 9 April 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy pilots flying UK F-35B jets in Cyprus will mark the first time in over a decade UK naval aviators are operating overseas. Two months of training in the eastern Mediterranean is lined up for the men and women of the Lightning Force in preparation for their first spell of training aboard HMS Queen […]

  • 15 November 2018
    Authorities, Industry news

    The UK defense ministry announced it has ordered an additional 17 F-35 stealth jets, doubling the total number of aircraft ordered. The 17 new F-35B aircraft will be delivered between 2020 and 2022 and will complement the 16 British aircraft currently based at RAF Marham and in the US, as well as two additional aircraft […]

  • 18 January 2012
    Industry news

      Deck-based version of American fighter F-35 Lightning II happened to be incapable for deck landing, writes The Daily Telegraph referring to Pentagon’s report. The point is that arrester hook of F-35C is situated too close to landing gear, and this poses a problem for pilot to hook arrester’s barrier cable. According to the report, […]

  • 26 January 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Italian Navy on January 25 received the first Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35B Lightning II aircraft assembled at the Final Assembly and Checkout (FACO) in Cameri, Italy. This is the first F-35B built outside the United States. The Italian FACO is operated by Leonardo in conjunction with Lockheed Martin with a current workforce of more […]

  • 16 May 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The first Royal Navy and Air Force F-35B jets are scheduled to fly into their new home at RAF Marham next month, the UK defense minister has announced. Four F-35Bs will arrive in the first tranche of stealth fighters to transfer from the USA to the UK, flying into RAF Marham in East Anglia. The Norfolk […]

  • 1 March 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The US Navy’s carrier-based, fifth generation fighter has achieved initial operational capability, the Commander, Naval Air Forces and the US Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation jointly announced. The aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C Lightning II, met all requirements and achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) shortly after the navy’s first […]

  • 13 April 2018

    UK’s F-35B Lightning jets which will be operated by the Royal Navy and Air Force recently achieved another first in their preparation for operations in UK skies. The Royal Navy has now shared photos of what it says is a first “full-British” aerial refueling of F-35B jets. To travel 4,134-miles across the Atlantic Ocean from the […]

  • 17 April 2014
    Industry news, Training & Education

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.   “Flying 15,000 hours itself demonstrates that the program is maturing, but what I think is even more impressive is the fact that operational F-35s accounted for more than half of those flight hours,” said J.D. McFarlan, […]

  • 18 September 2013
    Training & Education

    As the Britons gear up to welcome into the fleet the biggest warships ever made domestically, a Royal Navy pilot completed a week of Development Testing II (DT-II) of F-35B Lightning II jets aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. The UK is building two new aircraft carriers of Queen Elizabeth class and F35B will […]

  • 16 December 2013
    Industry news

    At a ceremony attended by more than 2,000 employees and guests, Lockheed Martin celebrated the production of its 100th F-35 Lightning II. Defense leaders Gen. Robin Rand, Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz., joined the employees who build […]

  • 13 April 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    A US Navy test aircraft on April 11 performed the final developmental test flight of the F-35 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase, marking the end of “the most comprehensive, rigorous and the safest developmental flight test program in aviation history.” “Completing F-35 SDD flight test is the culmination of years of hard work and […]

  • 29 November 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Vessels

    Japan is considering turning one of its helicopter destroyers into a “multi-purpose aircraft carrier” as part of a review of the country’s National Defense Program Guidelines, Japan’s defense minister Takeshi Iwaya has confirmed. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the defense minister said the country is evaluating plans to convert one of its two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers into […]

  • 18 January 2017

    U.S. Marines’ F-35B Lightning II aircraft arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on January 18 as the first F-35B squadron on an operational overseas deployment. With this deployment, the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 begins a permanent change of station to MCAS Iwakuni from MCAS Yuma, Arizona, and now belongs to Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st […]

  • 21 March 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    U.S. military service members, industry partners, and technical experts carried out a weeklong exercise aimed at integrating the new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter into the U.S. Navy fleet. The F-35B Ship Sustainment Wargame (SSWG) focused on the Marine Corps F-35B, using a “Day-in-the-Life” approach to analyze operations and logistics integration with the Navy’s amphibious assault ships. This […]

  • 22 June 2017

    The UK defense ministry announced it has awarded a £135million contract for the construction of a new hangar for its F-35B aircraft. The hangar will be located at RAF Marham and will house 12 of the new fast jet aircraft which will deploy from there to the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. It will improve existing facilities, including resurfacing […]

  • 17 August 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    The UK Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with European missile manufacturer MBDA worth around £184 million to equip the Royal Navy’s new supersonic stealth combat aircraft with the ASRAAM air-to-air missile. Designed and manufactured in the UK, ASRAAM is a heat-seeking weapon which will give Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy F-35B Lightning II pilots, […]

  • 28 June 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy sailors have received life-size replicas of the F-35 Lightning II jets to help them train for operations on the new aircraft carriers. The replicas are being moved around the tarmac at RNAS Culdrose, in Cornwall, as flight deck teams learn the art of working with the world’s most advanced warplanes. The Royal Naval […]

  • 15 March 2011
    Equipment & technology

      Navy and Marine Corps leaders today signed an agreement by which the Corps will join the Navy in buying the F-35 joint strike fighter variant designed for aircraft carriers, service leaders announced today. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos signed a […]

  • 12 September 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    USS Abraham Lincoln, the first US Navy aircraft carrier capable of accommodating the F-35C Lightning II, welcomed the fifth-generation jet fighter on board earlier this month. The “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA 101), the training squadron for the F-35C, joined the USS Abraham Lincoln while underway on September 3. “The F-35C is […]

  • 17 November 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development, Training & Education

    The F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first carrier-based night flight operations aboard an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego Nov. 13. Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Ted “Dutch” Dyckman piloted F-35C test aircraft CF-03 for the inaugural night flight, taking off from USS Nimitz (CVN 68). At 6:01 […]

  • 23 May 2011
    Training & Education

    The F-35C Joint Strike Fighter made its first public appearance at an air show May 21. Piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Eric “Magic” Buus, the F-35C made a single pass down the show line at the Joint Service Open House at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The flight commemorated 100 years of naval aviation by highlighting […]

  • 25 January 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The US Navy has awarded Orbital ATK a $9.5 million contract to start design work on the new and improved Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile used by the US Navy and Marine Corps to defeat enemy air defense installations. The new missile will also fit inside the internal weapons bay of the F-35. The design contract will see […]

  • 20 May 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Six U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II jet aircraft arrived Monday evening aboard the USS Wasp off the coast of the United States’ Eastern Seaboard to mark the beginning of the first shipboard phase of the F-35B Operational Test (OT-1). The at-sea period will continue aboard USS WASP for the next two weeks, with fleet […]

  • 26 March 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completed fleet carrier qualifications (CQ) for the F-35C Lightning II program over a five-day period in the Atlantic Ocean. The US Navy said the milestone was achieved while the carrier was underway between March 17-21. Pilots assigned to the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron […]

  • 1 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    F-35B Lightning II aircraft, the U.S. Navy’s next generation of stealth fighter jets, landed on the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) on October 28 to begin operational testing. America will embark seven F-35Bs; two are scheduled to begin the third shipboard phase of developmental test (DT-III) and five are scheduled to conduct operational testing. […]

  • 31 March 2014
    Training & Education

    Aviators on board Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss., got a glimpse into the future of aviation as they stepped into the F-35 Lightening II cockpit demonstrator which made a stop at the installation March 26-27.   The F-35, a fifth-generation aircraft, is the jet many of the Navy and Marine Corps aviators training at NAS […]

  • 5 November 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Training & Education

    The Navy made aviation history Nov. 3 as an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego. Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson landed F-35C test aircraft CF-03 at 12:18 p.m. aboard USS Nimitz’s (CVN 68) flight deck. The arrested […]

  • 11 January 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A U.S. Marines’ F-35B squadron from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, will become the first F35B squadron on an overseas deployment after heading for the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, on January 9. Iwakuni, Japan is thereby becoming the first location to receive the Marine Corps’ F-35B, as part of its worldwide deployment capability. In […]