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SOURCE: The Daily Caller
President Donald Trump caught some flak from his critics when he claimed he was responsible for a $600 million drop in the cost of the most recent lot of F-35 fighter aircraft, but the plane’s manufacturer acknowledged there may be some truth to the claim.
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson credited Trump for the acceleration of negotiations on low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot 10, the most recent batch of 90 F-35s, according to a report by DoD Buzz. Continue reading
The National Interest has wondered how Russia and China might annihilate the US aircraft carriers. Author of the article believes that aircraft carriers are the main combat vessels of the country’s Navy.
The first way is torpedoes. The journalist has given an example of annihilation of a huge Japanese Shinano aircraft carrier in 1944. Today, the US aircraft carriers are vulnerable to torpedoes as well. While the ‘Russian and Chinese submarines regularly exercise attacks on the US carrier groups’. Continue reading
SOURCE: Air & Cosmos.
The F-35 has successfully conducted its first firing trials of the MBDA Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM). MBDA notes that this is the first time a British-designed missile has been fired from the F-35 and the first time any non-US missile has been fired from the aircraft.
The tests, conducted from both Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Edwards Air Force Base, involved flight trials and air-launched firings from a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B. One ASRAAM was fired at an unmanned drone over the Point Mugu Sea Range off of the California coast. Continue reading
Lockheed Martin has received a $40 million contract modification to sustain the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor fleet.Under the agreement, the company will strip and recoat F-22 coatings reverting earlier than initially expected.
Work on the contract will be performed at various locations in California, Georgia, Utah and Texas. The U.S. Department of Defense expects the work to be completed by the end of June 2019. Continue reading
The Marine Corps has a new helicopter in the works to replace the CH-53E Super Stallion. Ok, great! The Marines need a new heavy lift chopper but here is what you may not know. The new CH-53K King Stallion, manufactured by Sikorsky/Lockheed is reportedly going to run about 22 percent above initial projections.
Here is the big reveal…that will make each new CH-53K King Stallion come in at around $122 million per helicopter! Consider that the latest purchase of F-35 stealth fighters cost just under $100 million each! Continue reading
A proposed upgrade for the F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter now has a slick promotional video to show it off. The so-called Advanced Eagle, or F-15 2040C, would team up with fighters like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to take on numerically superior fleets of enemy aircraft.
The U.S. Air Force has traditionally relied on a mixture of larger, more expensive air superiority fighters and lighter, cheaper multi-role fighters to establish air supremacy. The F-15 Eagle and later the F-22 Raptor were designed with one job in mind: air-to-air combat. Unfortunately the best doesn’t come cheap. The high cost of the F-22, combined with the end of the Cold War, an economic downturn, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, forced the Pentagon to trim its orignal buy of 750 Raptor fighters to a mere 187. Continue reading
SOURCE: DAILY CALLER
The F-35 isn’t just better than its predecessors; it’s revolutionizing the way the military thinks about fighter aircraft.To understand just how groundbreaking the F-35 is, you need to think of the aircraft the way you do about the iPhone, Marine Corps Lt. Col. David Berke, the first operational F-35B (the Marine Corps variant) pilot, told Aviation Week’s Check 6 podcast Saturday.
Berke compared the introduction of the F-35 to the introduction of the first iPhone by Steve Jobs. The iPhone single-handedly redefined what we expect our cell phones to do. In turn, the F-35’s capabilities are redefining what a fighter aircraft is expected to do. Like the iPhone, the F-35’s introduction is disruptive, and Berke claims we are only on the cusp of discovering what it might be able to do in the future. Continue reading
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s refusal to step down after a call for his resignation set up a public battle with President Donald Trump, who abruptly fired Wall Street’s top enforcer on Saturday, months after asking him to remain in the post.
“I did not resign,” Bharara tweeted Saturday. “Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.” Continue reading
The Air Force has contracted Lockheed Martin to perform essential maintenance to the F-22’s low-observable stealth coating to ensure it is equipped to manage fast-emerging threats. Lockheed Martin completed the first F-22 Raptor at the company’s Inlet Coating Repair (ICR) Speedline, a company statement said.
“Periodic maintenance is required to maintain the special exterior coatings that contribute to the 5th Generation Raptor’s Very Low Observable radar cross-section,” Lockheed stated. Continue reading
Speaking from America’s newest aircraft carrier, President Donald Trump promised Americans he would bolster Navy by adding another aircraft carrier to the fleet. In addition he implicitly promised to increase the Navy by 6,419 ships, although it is not clear he knew what he was saying when he made the claim.
Trump toured the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of the next generation Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, last week along with Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Trump rode on an aircraft elevator and addressed an audience of sailors, telling them that he was committed to a twelve aircraft carrier fleet, two more than the Navy currently has. Continue reading
SOURCE: MERI NEWS
However, some experts feel that China might have much more superior fire power than is visible externally. Such assessment is based on the fact that after disintegration of the USSR, China employed many Russian scientists from the disintegrated CIS states (other than Russia) to improve its military might. Continue reading
Boeing’s Super Hornet is poised for a surprising comeback thanks to President Donald Trump’s Twitter broadsides and a strike-fighter shortage caused by delays to Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 program.
Until recently, Boeing’s combat jet was on life support, with work at its St. Louis factory slowing to a crawl as orders dwindled. But that was before Congress approved a $10.1 billion sale to Kuwait, Canada said it would take 18 of the twin-engine fighter and Trump said the Pentagon is “looking seriously at a big order.” Continue reading
SOURCE: The Indian Panorama
The Trump White House is coming to the rescue of a CIA agent of Indian-origin who is being extradited from Portugal to Italy following a conviction for her role in kidnapping an Egyptian cleric, igniting another flashpoint in the growing rift between the United States and the European Union. Sabrina de Sousa, who was born in Goa and grew up in Mumbai before emigrating first to Portugal and then to the U.S. (she has dual citizenship of both countries), was detained in Lisbon on Monday night, in a case that has dragged on for nearly a decade.
Portugal wants to comply with the Italian request for her extradition, following an European arrest warrant, for her alleged role in the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric as part of a secret United States rendition program during the Bush administration. Continue reading
President Trump ribbed Lockheed Martin over the cost of its F-35 fighter jets during a meeting with manufacturing CEOs on Thursday.Earlier this month, the defense giant agreed to slash the price of the 90 joint strike fighters it is selling to the federal government by over $700 million, following repeated criticism from Trump.
“Marillyn, you’ve gotten a lot of credit,” Trump said, addressing Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson. “You think [Hillary Clinton] would have asked for $700 million [in savings]? Oh boy, I assume you wanted her to win.” Continue reading
SOURCE: NATIONAL INTEREST
While pilots of advanced fifth-generation fighters like the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor or the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter often claim the spotlight, it is the ground crews who maintain those jets’ pristine surfaces that are often the real heroes. Without proper maintenance of their skin, the signature of those advance stealth jets degrade over time—rendering them vulnerable to enemy radar.
“If the pilot’s seen by radar, he can be shot down,” said Senior Airman Joshua Moon, a 192nd Fighter Wing low observables (LO) aircraft structures technician, in an Air Force release issued during the service’s Red Flag exercise in Nevada. “If he isn’t, he can do his mission, go behind enemy lines, and they’ll never even know he was there until it’s too late. Without us, he’s going to get spotted, or shot down, so lives are at risk when it comes to our job.” Continue reading