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  • Four candidates short-listed in Korea's stealth jet project

    07/20/2011 8:19:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2011-07-20
    Four candidates short-listed in Korea's stealth jet project 2011-07-20 21:16 Korea will acquire a new generation of stealth fighter jets from overseas to better counter North Korean provocations, the local defense procurement agency said Wednesday. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said it has narrowed down the candidates to four fighters: the F-15SE Silent Eagle by Boeing, F-35 Lightning II by Lockheed Martin, Eurofighter Typhoon by the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) and the T-50 PAK-FA by Russian firm Sukhoi. According to DAPA, the project to acquire 60 fifth-generation stealth fighters is worth 8.29 trillion won ($7.86 billion)....
  • Boeing's fighting comeback

    07/12/2011 7:35:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight International ^ | 12/07/11 | Stephen Trimble
    Boeing's fighting comeback By Stephen Trimble Stephen Trimble/Pairs and St Louis Nearly 10 years ago it strongly appeared that Boeing might be a spent force in the manned fighter aircraft business. Lockheed Martin's victory in the competition for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) contract - announced on 26 October 2001 - sounded the warning. The only new tactical fighter planned during the next 25 years or so would roll off Lockheed's assembly line in Fort Worth - not Boeing's fighter factory in St Louis. The F-35 was first scheduled to enter service in 2008. By then, orders for the F/A-18E/F...
  • U.S. Set to Sell Fighters to Iraq

    07/11/2011 9:38:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 12, 2011 | ADAM ENTOUS, BEN LANDO, NATHAN HODGE
    U.S. Set to Sell Fighters to Iraq By ADAM ENTOUS and BEN LANDO in Baghdad and NATHAN HODGE in Washington Iraq has quietly started negotiations to buy U.S. fighter jets and air-defense systems worth billions of dollars, a purchase Washington hopes will help counter Iranian influences and cement long-term ties with Baghdad after American troops pull out. Baghdad had frozen plans to buy 18 advanced U.S. F-16 fighters earlier this year after the Arab Spring protests in the region turned its attention to internal stability. Now, senior U.S. and Iraqi officials said Iraq is considering raising its purchase to as...
  • Will Lockheed's Rival Crash and Burn?

    07/07/2011 11:11:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 07/07/2011 | Rich Smith
    Will Lockheed's Rival Crash and Burn? By Rich Smith Investors know the saying: "Bulls make money, bears make money, but pigs get slaughtered." If you stumble onto a "good thing," don't get greedy -- take a fair profit. France's Dassault would be wise to heed that lesson. Yesterday, DefenseNews.com reported that Dassault has run into trouble in negotiations to sell the United Arab Emirates a fleet of Rafale fighter jets. The UAE wanted to purchase several dozen of the jets to replace its 63 French Mirage fighters. But a deal that was supposed to cost somewhere between $2.5 billion and...
  • Ex-DEA Informant Was Terrorist Mole, Plotted to Kill Lockheed Martin Chief (David Headley)

    06/01/2011 8:37:45 AM PDT · by decimon · 7 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | June 1, 2011 | Jason Mick
    Pakistani terrorist helped carry out deadly attacks worldwideIt's not easy being the chief of one of the U.S. Department of Defense's largest contractors. At the trial of accused terrorist David Coleman Headley, he revealed that he plotted with al-Qaida and local Pakistani terrorists to assassinate the head of Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT). I. A Troubled PastDavid Headley grew up as Daood Sayed Gilani. The son of a U.S. government radio broadcaster and diplomat at the U.S. Pakistani embassy in Washington D.C., Mr. Gilani was immersed in American culture. But when his parent's marriage fractured in 1960s Mr. Gilani was dragged...
  • US may re-enter MMRCA race, offer F-35 to IAF

    06/21/2011 4:58:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    CNN-IBN, India ^ | Jun 21, 2011
    US may re-enter MMRCA race, offer F-35 to IAF CNN-IBN Updated Jun 21, 2011 at 03:48pm IST New Delhi: US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin may re-enter the Indian Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) race. The powerful Senate Armed Services Committee of the US is pushing the Defense Department to offer India the high-tech F-35 stealth fighter aircraft, the world’s only fifth generation multi-role fighter, built by Lockheed Martin. The move comes after Lockheed's F-16IN Super Viper and Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet were eliminated from the MMRCA race two months ago. The US Senate intervention comes at a time when the...
  • Lockheed seeks Hellfire's successor

    06/12/2011 8:55:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 12, 2011 | Richard Burnett
    Lockheed seeks Hellfire's successor By Richard Burnett, Orlando Sentinel 10:19 PM EDT, June 12, 2011 Lockheed Martin Corp. is playing the "jobs card" as it seeks to counter the budget-cutting climate in Washington. Earlier this month, the nation's largest military contractor brought a contingent of company executives to its missiles unit in south Orlando to tout the economic benefits of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in Central Florida (525 jobs and $800 million annually). At a record cost approaching $1 trillion (a congressional figure that Lockheed disputes), the F-35 stealth jet is the frequent target of congressional budget-cutting proposals....
  • ILYAS KASHMIRI - PAKISTAN'S FRANKENSTEIN

    06/24/2010 2:59:51 AM PDT · by Cindy · 43 replies
    SNIPPET: "Al Qaeda commander continues to pose a threat to U.S. and South Asian security as Pakistan’s military and intelligence services look the other way” IPT News June 22, 2010 SNIPPET: “Top Al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri poses a major threat to U.S. interests both at home and abroad. Described by intelligence agencies “as the most effective, dangerous and successful guerrilla leader in the world,” Kashmiri heads Al Qaeda’s military operations wing. He figures prominently in two recent high-profile terrorism indictments issued in Chicago. But Kashmiri remains free in South Asia and in control of a renowned Al Qaeda terror...
  • Chicago Resident David Coleman Headley Pleads Guilty... [Re: Mumbai, India, Let, Denmark]

    03/18/2010 3:27:38 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 574+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, March 18, 2010 Chicago Resident David Coleman Headley Pleads Guilty to Role in India and Denmark Terrorism Conspiracies Admits Conducting Surveillance for Lashkar e Tayyiba in Planning 2008 Mumbai Attacks David Coleman Headley, a U.S. citizen of partial Pakistani descent, pleaded guilty today to a dozen federal terrorism charges, admitting that he participated in planning the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, as well as later planning to attack a Danish newspaper. In pleading guilty to all 12 counts that were brought against him in December and were...
  • FBI raid at meat processor believed tied to immigration irregularities [UPDATE:TERROR PLOT -ARRESTS]

    10/21/2009 12:39:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 162 replies · 5,266+ views
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE.com ^ | October 20, 2009 | Tribune staff report
    SNIPPET: "Search at Grundy County plant called part of ongoing probe" SNIPPET: "But a source said the owner of the plant, which processes lamb and goat, was taken into custody at his home in Chicago. Documents and records were taken from the plant and from a Chicago travel agency on West Devon Avenue, also owned by the same person, the source said."
  • Lockheed Martin hit by cyber incident, U.S. says

    05/28/2011 7:00:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/28/2011
    Lockheed Martin Corp, the world's biggest aerospace company and the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier by sales, has been hit by an unspecified cyber incident, the government said on Saturday. The Department of Homeland Security said it and the Defense Department had offered to help gauge the scope of a "cyber incident impacting LMCO," as the maker of fighter jets, ships and other major weapons systems is known. The U.S. government also has offered to help analyze "available data in order to provide recommendations to mitigate further risk," Chris Ortman, a Homeland Security official, said in an e-mailed reply to a...
  • F-16's long run may finally be winding down

    05/27/2011 10:07:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | May. 27, 2011 | Bob Cox
    F-16's long run may finally be winding down By Bob Cox rcox@star-telegram.com The end of the line for Lockheed Martin's F-16 production line in Fort Worth may finally be in sight. Nearly four decades after the fighter jet program was launched and 35 years after production began, Lockheed has a dwindling number of orders left to fill and a shrinking list of potential customers. Lockheed has just 62 unfilled orders for new F-16s. Those are all in some stage of production, and the last is expected to roll out of the Fort Worth factory by mid-2013. A total of 4,540...
  • This Week at War: The Jet That Ate the Pentagon

    05/27/2011 9:06:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 60 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | MAY 27, 2011 | ROBERT HADDICK
    This Week at War: The Jet That Ate the Pentagon The F-35 is cutting into the Defense Department's most important priorities. BY ROBERT HADDICK | MAY 27, 2011 Policymakers get 11th-hour second thoughts on the Joint Strike Fighter The troubled and long-delayed F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program came under renewed scrutiny this week. The Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and many foreign partners plan to buy thousands of the fighter-attack jets over the next two decades to replace a variety of aging aircraft, but the development schedule of the stealthy fighter has slipped five years to 2018 and the projected...
  • Lockheed proposes $5bn Aegis ships sale to Saudi Arabia

    05/26/2011 5:46:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 26 May 2011
    Lockheed proposes $5bn Aegis ships sale to Saudi Arabia By Bloomberg Thursday, 26 May 2011 1:08 PM Lockheed Martin Corp has proposed selling to Saudi Arabia eight Littoral Combat Ship hulls outfitted with its Aegis radar in a package that may be valued at $5bn, a company executive said. “What we are offering is the Aegis SPY 1F system on the Littoral Combat Ship,” Paul Lemmo, vice president of business development at Lockheed’s Mission Systems and Sensors unit, said in an interview today in Arlington, Virginia. The Aegis SPY-1F is a smaller, lighter version of the air and missile defense...
  • A heavy duty LCS for foreign navies. Maybe.

    05/24/2011 8:45:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | May 24th, 2011 | Philip Ewing
    A heavy duty LCS for foreign navies. Maybe. Lockheed Martin says its second littoral combat ship, the USS Fort Worth, is 87 percent complete. It’ll start work on its third and fourth ships over the coming year. The U.S. Navy wants at least 55 LCSes. From the defense contractor’s standpoint, Lockheed’s return to shipbuilding looks like a success: It is moving toward steady production of a stable design and will likely be able to book many hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of the program. (Lockheed’s first LCS, the Freedom, didn’t go so smoothly, and it cost much,...
  • U.S. may scrap F-35, slated to be Israel's future fighter jet

    05/23/2011 9:10:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Haaretz, Israel ^ | 24.05.11 | Anshel Pfeffer
    U.S. may scrap F-35, slated to be Israel's future fighter jet The F-35, with stealth capabilities, is slated to replace an entire generation of jet fighters in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps; Pentagon looking into other alternatives due to massive cost overruns. By Anshel Pfeffer Senior members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee last week instructed the Pentagon to come up with alternatives to the jet fighter of the future, the F-35, with the project facing massive cost overruns. The plane has been selected as the future of the Israel Air Force, and for now there...
  • F-35B Might Be Turning Itself Around

    05/17/2011 10:22:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | May 17th, 2011
    F-35B Might Be Turning Itself Around The long beleagured F-35B shot take-off and vertical landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter is accelerating through its flight tests far quicker than anyone would have predicted a year, heck, even a few months ago. Since January the jet has performed seven times the number of vertical landings that it did in all of last year, according to Defense News. This is seriously impressive considering that troubles with the plane’s lift fan doors and structural weaknesses were hurting the plane’s test performance so much that Defense Secretary Robert Gates put the B-model JSF...
  • Lockheed hopes to finalize F-16 sales to Iraq, Oman

    05/16/2011 8:24:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 16, 2011 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Lockheed hopes to finalize F-16 sales to Iraq, Oman 7:50pm EDT By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) says it hopes to sign sales contracts for up to 18 F-16 fighter jets to both Iraq and Oman by early 2012, and expects to book a total of about 100 additional orders by the end of the decade. Lockheed is gradually winding down production of the popular multi-role fighter, which is in use by 25 countries worldwide, and was once produced at a rate of one a day, as it ramps up production...
  • Impacts of the Indian Fighter Competition

    05/15/2011 11:34:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Second Line of Defense ^ | 05/16/2011 | Robbin Laird
    Impacts of the Indian Fighter Competition by Robbin Laird 05/16/2011 India is clearly a key player in shaping the future of Chinese power, globally and in the Pacific. At the same time, the significant 2nd and 3rd world fighter market will be dominated by exports from China, Russia, India or Brazil. Neither the U.S. nor Europe is planning a lower cost export fighter. Indian leadership when they saw the Chinese role out of the J-20 understood its impact on global markets. This is an advanced aircraft, which will have implications for upgrades for customers of Chinese fighter aircraft. The Bush...
  • Comment: India's MMRCA shortlist backs substance over style

    05/10/2011 10:05:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Comment: India's MMRCA shortlist backs substance over style When it comes to news value, India's $10 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contest never seems to disappoint. In keeping with this trend, the confirmation of its shortlist for the 126-aircraft deal, which emerged not from its defence ministry but via local bloggers and the defeated bidders themselves, delivered the expected level of drama. US companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin grabbed most of the local headlines at February's Aero India show near Bengaluru by flying a Who's Who-quality list of Indian celebrities, including a Bollywood actor, industrialist Ratan Tata (pictured below)...
  • Boeing engineers: We should have won F-35 fighter contract

    04/15/2011 9:45:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | April 15, 2011 | Steve Wilhelm
    Boeing engineers: We should have won F-35 fighter contract Steve Wilhelm Staff Writer Email: swilhelm@bizjournals.com Many Boeing engineers still grumble that Boeing’s design for the joint strike fighter, not Lockheed Martin Corp.’s, should have won the Air Force contract a decade ago to build the aircraft now known as the F-35. Lockheed Martin’s October 2001 win cemented its lead as builder of the nation’s most numerous next-generation fighter. Then touted as a $200 billion contract for 3,000 aircraft, the competition carried even more weight than the just-concluded fight over the Air Force tanker, which Boeing (NYSE: BA) did win. The...
  • Saudis ask U.S. for price quotes for warships

    04/08/2011 10:03:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 09, 2011 | Jim Wolf
    Saudis ask U.S. for price quotes for warships Saturday April 09, 2011 By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has asked the United States for prices for surface warships with integrated air and missile defenses, helicopters, patrol craft and shore infrastructure, the U.S. Navy said on Friday. The Navy is preparing a rough cost estimate that would be delivered possibly as soon as May, Navy spokeswoman Captain Cate Mueller told Reuters. Saudi Arabia is the biggest U.S. arms buyer and is expected to remain so despite political upheaval in the Middle East. The request for medium surface...
  • Multipurpose HELLFIRE II 'Romeo' Strikes Target, Completes Proof-of-Principle Flight Tests

    03/28/2011 10:56:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/28/11 | Lockheed Martin Press Release
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army's Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) Project Office and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT - News) successfully fired a multipurpose AGM114R HELLFIRE II "Romeo" missile with a live warhead and penetrated a brick-over-block target in its sixth proof-of-principle (POP) test. The flight test, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., demonstrated the Romeo's enhanced software capability and superior performance in a military-operations-in-urban-terrain scenario. The new Romeo's multipurpose warhead design enables the missile, with a designator spot laser, to seek out and defeat hard, soft and enclosed targets with outstanding success. The initial fielding of...
  • Lockheed Martin Makes Strides in Human Space Exploration

    03/26/2011 2:27:50 PM PDT · by Flavius · 17 replies
    lochkeed martin ^ | 3/13/11 | lockhee marin
    Forging a new path forward to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable human exploration beyond low Earth orbit, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today unveiled the first Orion spacecraft and a spacious state-of-the-art Space Operations Simulation Center (SOSC). These two major projects, located at Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Facility near Denver, Colo., showcase the NASA-industry teams’ progress for human space flight, the Orion Project and NASA’s Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.
  • JSF Cost Predictions Rattle Foreign Customers

    03/22/2011 10:22:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Mar 22, 2011 | David A. Fulghum, Graham Warwick..
    JSF Cost Predictions Rattle Foreign Customers By David A. Fulghum, Graham Warwick, Robert Wall, Alon Ben-David Washington, Washington, London, Tel Aviv Customers for Lockheed-Martin’s stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—among them Canada, Israel, Britain and Australia—are shifting their mood from anxiety to paranoia over increasingly unpredictable costs. Foreign analysts now expect JSF prices to significantly exceed even the latest Pentagon estimate, putting government officials in fiscal and political jeopardy as they try to craft a rational purchase plan for the fifth-generation warplane. Adding new concern was congressional testimony by Lt. Gen. Mark Shackleford, military deputy to the assistant secretary of the...
  • USAF Pulls Funding For F-15 IRST Upgrade

    03/15/2011 8:27:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 1+ views
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Mar 15, 2011 | Amy Butler
    USAF Pulls Funding For F-15 IRST Upgrade Mar 15, 2011 The U.S. Air Force has terminated funding for an infrared search and track (IRST) upgrade for its F-15C/D fleet as part of the service’s push last year to produce savings for the Pentagon’s fiscal 2012 budget. Air Force officials say that the effort was designed to provide “the only USAF search and targeting capability in the infrared spectrum designed specifically for air-to-air, providing air-to-air attack capability in a radar-denied environment on the F-15C/D.” The system could be useful for air-to-air fighter engagements as well as cruise missile targeting and ballistic...
  • Lockheed, Boeing fight to win FX-III project (South Korea)

    03/06/2011 5:39:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 03-06-2011 | Lee Tae-hoon
    Lockheed, Boeing fight to win FX-III project By Lee Tae-hoon Lockheed Martin rebuffed criticism that it is trying to dump the first batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft fitted only with bare minimum capabilities to South Korea at an exorbitant price in an interview with The Korea Times. Some media outlets, including the local daily Chosun Ilbo, went as far as describing the initial production lot of the F-35 offered to Seoul as “empty metal cases” that they will likely come with Block 0.5 software and at a price tag nearly twice the original forecast. Block 0.5 is...
  • Fighter deal bigger: 126 will rise to 260

    02/13/2011 11:03:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Deccan Chronicle, India ^ | February 13th, 2011
    Fighter deal bigger: 126 will rise to 260 February 13th, 2011 DC Correspondent Feb. 12: It is already known as the world’s biggest defence import deal in a long time. Now, it transpires, it is even bigger than that. The Indian Air Force is in the market to buy 126 Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) from one of six foreign vendors bidding for the contract. Over time, however, the IAF plans to buy 260 of them, Deccan Chronicle has learnt. That means, what has been talked about as a $10-12 billion deal will eventually fetch the winner of the contract...
  • Pentagon Reports Billions of Dollars in Contractor Fraud

    02/05/2011 1:50:30 PM PST · by bronxville · 23 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 02-03-2011 | David Wood
    Pentagon Reports Billions of Dollars in Contractor Fraud The Pentagon paid hundreds of billions of dollars to defense contractors engaged in criminal or civil fraud -- in some cases paying the companies after they were convicted, according to a new Defense Department report. At least 91 contractors holding contracts worth $270 billion were the subjects of civil fraud judgments -- and in some cases CRIMINAL FRAUD convictions as well, many of which resulted in fines, suspensions or debarments. Even so, Defense Department contracting officers still assigned $4.9 billion worth of work with these companies after the fraud was uncovered, the...
  • S. Korea seeking early purchase of stealth jets: sources

    01/29/2011 7:10:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    S. Korea seeking early purchase of stealth jets: sources SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is moving to introduce the fifth generation of stealth fighter jets at an early date to replace its aging Air Force fighters and to secure capabilities to counter North Korea's increasing provocations, government sources said Sunday. The move comes after the parliament cut the defense ministry's request for some 15.7 billion won (US$14 million) to launch a new fighter jet procurement program this year, granting only 300 million won. "There is a growing consensus within the government that the next-generation fighter program must be...
  • dogfight over Israel (Obama vs Berlusconi)

    01/28/2011 9:44:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flight Global ^ | January 27, 2011 | Arie Egozi
    dogfight over Israel By Arie Egozi on January 27, 2011 10:29 PM Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and Barack Obama may soon be engaged in a "dog fight" over Israel. The competition aimed at selecting a new advanced trainer for the Israeli air force (IAF) already has inputs that are not directly connected to the quality and capabilities of the two potential aircraft. The request for information (RFI) for an advanced trainer for the IAF has been issued to KAI from South Korea and to Alenia Aermacchi from Italy. One is making the T-50 the other one the M-346 . It...
  • Israel and the F-35: A look beyond costs and politics

    01/28/2011 7:53:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Israel and the F-35: A look beyond costs and politics Does the IDF really need the F-35, its high cost notwithstanding? Assessment by Gur Laish, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) 07:04 GMT, January 28, 2011 Do the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) really need the F-35, its high cost notwithstanding? To tackle this question, the essay below first identifies the F-35’s unique features as a fifth generation fighter jet. It then examines the operational need for the F-35 through the prism of the Israel Air Force (IAF), specifically, the aircraft’s ability to complete missions successfully in today’s reality. The premise...
  • AF Worries JSF Costs May Soar

    01/27/2011 8:37:04 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | January 27th, 2011 | Colin Clark
    AF Worries JSF Costs May Soar By Colin Clark Thursday, January 27th, 2011 5:07 pm Senior Air Force leaders are growing increasingly concerned that Joint Strike Fighter maintenance and operating costs will rise far above previous estimates. A source familiar with the issue said that the Air Force believes a study performed by the Navy one year ago looks increasingly accurate, based on preliminary data the service has compiled. Buzz readers will remember that the Navy study found the F-35 would cost between 30 percent and 40 percent more per plane than does the current F/A-18 fleet. Since one of...
  • Political Squabbling in Canada Over Proposed F-35 Purchase Prompts Eurofighter To Launch PR Campaign

    01/25/2011 10:10:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | Jan 25 2011 | David Pugliese
    Political Squabbling in Canada Over Proposed F-35 Purchase Prompts Eurofighter To Launch PR Campaign for Typhoon By Dave Pugliese Tue, Jan 25 2011 Defence Watch Bill Sweetman has some discussion in the latest issue of Defense Technology International about Eurofighter starting a low-key campaign in Canada to promote its Typhoon. According to Mr. Sweetman, the firm sees the ongoing political squabbling about the Joint Strike Fighter procurement as a potential opening for its fighter aircraft. Lately the Eurofighter PR machine has been pumping out the information. On Tuesday the Eurofighter consortium announced that the operational fleet of Typhoons (in service...
  • Deficiencies Found in American F-35 Fighter Jets

    01/24/2011 5:24:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    IsraelNationalNews.com ^ | 01/24/11 | Avi Yellin
    Deficiencies Found in American F-35 Fighter Jets by Avi Yellin The American-based weekly Defense News has reported that the United States Department of Defense has acknowledged deficiencies and technical shortcomings of some versions of the new F-35 warplanes, which Israel is buying. The DoD report, compiled by the Pentagon's Operational Test and Evaluation Directorate, noted problems with the F-35 Lightning II's handling and avionics, among other things. Lockheed Martin, the American manufacturer of the warplanes, is also reported to have delayed testing on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft due to other qualitative shortcomings. It is currently unclear how recent revelations...
  • Norwegian Navy Receives Last of Five Fridtjof Nansen-Class Frigates

    01/20/2011 4:49:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Defence.Professionals ^ | January 20, 2011 | Nicolas von Kospoth
    Norwegian Navy Receives Last of Five Fridtjof Nansen-Class Frigates Navantia Delivers HMNS Thor Heyerdahl to the Royal Norwegian Navy 10:42 GMT, January 20, 2011 defpro.com | The delivery of HMNS Thor Heyerdahl to the Royal Norwegian Navy by the Spanish shipbuilder Navantia on 18 January marked a significant milestone for the service: it represents the end of the Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate procurement programme after almost two decades of planning, development and construction. Further, it is Norway’s largest defence acquisition and a key element of the Scandinavian country’s naval capabilities, replacing the Oslo-class frigates, which have been in service with the...
  • F-16 aircraft looks out for a celebrity

    01/17/2011 8:24:15 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 18, 2011 | Prashanth G N
    F-16 aircraft looks out for a celebrity Prashanth G N, TNN, Jan 18, 2011 BANGALORE: The Americans have set their marketing wheels on motion again. Lockheed Martin has launched a search for "the right celebrity" to match the power and style of its aircraft F-16IN Super Viper, that is flying in February's Aero India show. Lockheed is confident of finalizing the celebrity by the first week of February. "We should finalize the personality just ahead of the air show," Lockheed representatives told TOI on Monday. The US has been trying every window of opportunity to market the F-16 in India....
  • New design changes raises pressure on future of F-35B variant

    01/12/2011 5:08:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Flight International ^ | 12/01/11 | Stephen Trimble
    New design changes raises pressure on future of F-35B variant By Stephen Trimble Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney have revealed the extent of design changes required to release the short take-off and vertical landing F-35B from a newly imposed "probationary" status within two years. The Joint Strike Fighter programme is now cleared to spend another $4.6 billion partly to correct structural and propulsion design flaws in the F-35B. But patience is swiftly cooling with the specialised variant ordered by the US Marine Corps. While the US Air Force's conventional take-off and landing F-35A and the US Navy's F-35C carrier...
  • For Lockheed's F-35, 2011 may be a do-or-die year

    01/04/2011 3:59:15 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | Jan. 03, 2011 | Bob Cox
    For Lockheed's F-35, 2011 may be a do-or-die year Posted Monday, Jan. 03, 2011 By Bob Cox rcox@star-telegram.com If there's one thing the F-35 joint strike fighter program needs in 2011, it is some clear-cut signs of progress. Hounded by controversy for much of the past two years, the F-35 has become the poster child for troubled, vastly overbudget military weapons programs. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other top officials have repeatedly complained about the performance of contractor Lockheed Martin and soaring cost estimates. Top military and civilian managers of the program were fired or changed jobs. That's not a...
  • U.S. Navy Awards Over $900 Million as a First Step (20 LCS)

    12/30/2010 12:17:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 8+ views
    Defense Update ^ | December 29, 2010 | tamir eshel
    U.S. Navy Awards Over $900 Million as a First Step Toward Acquisition of 20 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) December 29, 2010 tamir_eshel Lockheed Martin received funding for one additional Freedom class LCS and advanced payment for long lead materials for 10 vessels. Photo: US Navy The U.S. Navy has awarded two fixed-price incentive contracts worth over US$460 million each to Lockheed Martin Corp. and Austal USA, for the design and construction of a total of 20 littoral combat ships split equally between the two companies in the next five years. The new contracts give each shipbuilding team one ship to...
  • F-35 program achieves overall flight test target

    12/16/2010 11:00:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    BTI via Brahmand.com ^ | 12/16/2010 | BTI via Brahmand.com
    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II program team has reached its 2010 goal of 394 test flights jointly established by the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office and Lockheed Martin. The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Since the first flight of the F-35 on December 15, 2006, the program has logged a total of 531 flights, expanding the performance envelope of the three F-35 variants and testing the mission systems. In November, the program completed 60 flights against a plan of...
  • Littoral Combat Ship Miracle Bids Likely To Be Accepted By Congress

    12/15/2010 9:23:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Lexington Institute ^ | December 15, 2010 | Daniel Goure
    Littoral Combat Ship Miracle Bids Likely To Be Accepted By Congress 20:26 GMT, December 15, 2010 Recent testimony by senior officials of the U.S. Department of the Navy before the Senate Appropriations Committee reveal the source of their new-found enthusiasm for buying both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Apparently both bidders, Lockheed Martin and Austal, came in with bids one-third lower than the price being charged for the initial set of four vessels. At $440-460 million a copy for the sea frame, the opportunity to acquire a mixed fleet of LCS is almost irresistible. Moreover, these “miracle bids”...
  • Lockheed dispels doubts over F-35 in S. Korea's fighter jet project

    12/14/2010 7:09:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | 2010/12/14 | Kim Deok-hyun
    (Yonhap Interview) Lockheed dispels doubts over F-35 in S. Korea's fighter jet project By Kim Deok-hyun SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Yonhap) -- Lockheed Martin Corp. can deliver F-35 fighter jets as early as 2016 if it wins South Korea's multi-billion dollar contract for a fighter modernization program, a senior company executive said Tuesday, dismissing doubts over a delay in the new warplane's flight-test schedule. South Korean officials say the cost rise for an individual F-35 aircraft, stemming from the delay, is a potential obstacle for Lockheed in an upcoming tender by Seoul for 60 fighter jets, valued at 9.7 trillion won...
  • Can Lockheed deliver on the Joint Strike Fighter dream?

    12/14/2010 9:05:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Flight International ^ | 14/12/10 | Craig Hoyle
    Can Lockheed deliver on the Joint Strike Fighter dream? By Craig Hoyle The world's biggest military aircraft programme is ending 2010 in much the same manner that it started the year, with uncertainty surrounding its long-term health, cost and delivery schedule. But in reality, it has been a fair past 12 months for Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, with the company's test fleet on track to meet its revised flight test goals and its "programme of record" for just over 3,100 aircraft still intact - for now at least. The programme in March achieved the first vertical landing by...
  • Last batch of U.S. F-16 fighter jets delivered to Pakistan

    12/13/2010 8:21:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Xinhua ^ | December 13, 2010
    Last batch of U.S. F-16 fighter jets delivered to Pakistan 20:55, December 13, 2010 The final six F-16 fighter jets arrived in Pakistan from the United States on Monday, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said. Pakistan signed a contract with the U.S. administration in 2005- 06 for the acquisition of 18 F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft and the latest arrival marked the complete handover of all 18 planes, the PAF said. The PAF said the aircraft arrived at PAF Base Shahbaz in the city of Jacobabad in southern Sindh province. The F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft is a high-tech fighter...
  • Italy Considers Cutting its F-35B Purchase

    12/08/2010 12:55:45 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | December 8th, 2010
    Italy Considers Cutting its F-35B Purchase Here’s more troubling news for the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. Italy is considering reducing the number of short take-off and vertical landing variants of the jet it buys, according to my old colleague (and hilarious guy) Tom Kington at Defense News: The doubts over the [Italian] Air Force’s purchase STOVL JSFs and the decision to push back planned delivery of the aircraft were prompted by the UK pull out from the program, fears over costs and doubts raised over the aircraft’s future in the U.S., said defense undersecretary Guido Crosetto. “We may...
  • WikiLeaks, Weaklings And Weasels

    12/03/2010 12:33:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 12/3/2010 | Bill Sweetman
    WikiLeaks, Weaklings And Weasels Posted by Bill Sweetman at 12/3/2010 10:37 AM CST WikiLeaks cables show that US officials recommended delaying export approvals for a new Raytheon radar in order to undercut the Saab Gripen NG's chances in Norway, before the country's December 2008 decision to acquire the Joint Strike Fighter. The cables were originally reported (and linked) by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. The original Norwegian decision surprised and puzzled observers, both because of its tough repudiation of the Gripen and because of the $52 million quoted price of the JSF - which was a reach in 2008 and now appears...
  • Rivals Target JSF

    11/30/2010 10:49:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 1+ views
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Nov 30, 2010 | Bill Sweetman
    Rivals Target JSF By Bill Sweetman London With the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program likely to be hit by further delays on top of the 13-month slip in development announced in February, competitors are beginning to see hope for the future despite tight budgets worldwide. The JSF program office canceled an appearance at Defense IQÂ’s October fighter conference here. People talking about other programs, though, were no longer shy about benchmarking their favorite jets against the ambitious U.S.-led project, now five years behind its original schedule with a sixth in the offing. Another conference theme was a broader definition of...
  • Lockheed Tapped for New Anti-Ship Missile

    11/11/2010 7:58:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 11, 2010 | Jim Wolf
    Lockheed Tapped for New Anti-Ship Missile By Jim Wolf November 10, 2010 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp is to develop within 2 1/2 years a new long-range anti-ship missile, the Defense Department said on Wednesday. The work falls under a $157.7 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which has been responsible for some of the Pentagon's biggest technology breakthroughs, including the Internet's precursor. The goal is to develop rapidly and demonstrate a ship-launched weapon that can knock out other ships "at significant stand-off ranges," an item in the Pentagon's daily contract digest said, without...
  • Japan eyes procuring F-35 fighters; gives up on more F-2 jets

    11/07/2010 8:15:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 5+ views
    Japan Today ^ | 08th November 2010
    Japan eyes procuring F-35 fighters; gives up on more F-2 jets Monday 08th November, 07:54 AM JST TOKYO — The Defense Ministry has set its sights on procuring the F-35 fighter as Japan’s main next-generation fighter aircraft for the Air Self-Defense Force, giving up on an earlier plan to buy more F-2 fighters, ministry and Self-Defense Forces sources said Sunday. The ministry plans to seek procurement costs for the F-35 in its budget request for fiscal 2012 and is slated to begin full-fledged arrangements for the procurement plan early next year through a selection committee to prepare for the budget...