Rolls-Royce producing more F-35B lift systems

LONDON, July 31 (UPI) -- Rolls-Royce has been given a new contract for fifth production lot LiftSystems used on F-35B Lightning II fighters manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

Northrop produces 100th CNI system for F-35s

SAN DIEGO, July 30 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman said it has delivered its 100th AN/ASQ-242 communications, navigation and identification system to Lockheed Martin for integration into the F-35 Lightning II fighter.

More F-35s for Luke AFB

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., July 17 (UPI) -- Additional F-35A Lightning II aircraft will be stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where U.S. and allied pilots will train on the aircraft.

Lockheed produces 100th F-35 targeting system

ORLANDO, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin says it has produced and delivered its 100th infrared targeting system for the F-35 Lightning II fighter.

AIM Norway gets F-35 work

OSLO, Norway, June 25 (UPI) -- State-owned AIM Norway has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin for work on the F-35 Lightning II.
Navy receives first F-35C fighter

Navy receives first F-35C fighter

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's first F-35C Lightning II fighter built by Lockheed Martin has been flown to Florida for use in training pilots and support crews.

Fokker Elmo gets more F-35 work

PAPENDRECHT, Netherlands, June 21 (UPI) -- Fokker Elmo of the Netherlands has been contracted to provide Lockheed Martin additional electrical wiring systems for F-35 fighters.

Magellan to produce F-35 horizontal tails

PARIS, June 19 (UPI) -- Canada's Magellan Aerospace has signed an MOU to produce horizontal tails for a variant of the F-35 Lightning II.

P&W delivers 100th engine for F-35s

PARIS, June 18 (UPI) -- Engine-maker Pratt & Whitney has announced delivery of its 100th F135 propulsion system to the U.S. government for the F-35 Lightning II fighter.

Lockheed UK bids on Polish training contract

PARIS, June 18 (UPI) -- A new training program for Polish air force pilots and maintenance personnel is being eyed by Lockheed Martin UK.

EADS sweetens KF-X offering

LEIDEN, Netherlands, May 24 (UPI) -- With South Korea edging closer to deciding on a contractor for its $7.3 billion KF-X fighter program a European competitor is dangling a new carrot to its bid.

Northrop praises Australian supplier

BANKSTOWN, Australia, May 13 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman praised its Australian supplier of advanced composite parts for Northrop's center fuselage for F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters.

Australia holds the line on defense budget

CANBERRA, Australia, May 9 (UPI) -- Australia will hold defense spending at $100 billion over four years and remains committed to the purchase of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Australia unveils its F-35 JSF 'Iron Bird'

CANBERRA, Australia, April 26 (UPI) -- Australia will use a full-scale F-35A Joint Strike Fighter model to study the effects of electromagnetic compatibility and interference on the aircraft.

IAI to produce F-35 wings

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 24 (UPI) -- Wings for Lockheed Martin's F-35 joint strike fighter are to be supplied by Israel Aerospace Industries under a contract with a potential value of $2.5 billion.
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F-35 Lightning II
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley announces Lightning II as the name selected for the new Lockheed Martin F-35 during the inauguration ceremony at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas on July 7, 2006. (Image photo/Lockheed Martin)

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability. The F-35 has three main models; one is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is a short take off and vertical-landing variant, and the third is a carrier -based variant.

The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. JSF development is being principally funded by the United States, with the United Kingdom and other partner governments providing additional funding. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin. The F-35 took its first flight on 15 December 2006.

The United States intends to buy a total of 2,443 aircraft for an estimated US$323 billion, making it the most expensive defense program ever. The United States Air Force (USAF) budget data in 2010, along with other sources, projects the F-35 to have a flyaway cost from US$89 million to US$200 million over the planned production of F-35s. Cost estimates have risen to $382 billion for 2,443 aircraft, at an average of $156 million each. The rising program cost estimates have cast doubt on the actual number to be produced for the U.S. In January 2011, the F-35B variant was placed on "probation" for two years because of development issues.

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