Rockwell Collins to manufacture F-35 components in Australia

Rockwell Collins to manufacture F-35 components in Australia

MELBOURNE, April 3 (UPI) -- Rockwell Collins, Northrop Grumman in Australian manufacturing deal.
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Australian company to provide F-35 engine components

Australian company to provide F-35 engine components

April 2 (UPI) -- Levett Engineering of Australia gets contract from Pratt and Whitney.
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Pentagon funds advanced procurement of F-35 parts, components

Pentagon funds advanced procurement of F-35 parts, components

March 26 (UPI) -- The Pentagon is giving a contract to Lockheed Martin for advanced purchase of components for 57 F-35 fighters.
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Christening set for new British aircraft carrier

LONDON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The build phase of Britain's newest aircraft carrier will officially end in early July when HMS Queen Elizabeth is christened at a Scottish shipyard.

Queen to launch HMS Queen Elizabeth II carrier in July

FIFE, Scotland, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth will launch the Royal Navy's super-carrier named for her in Scotland in the summer.

Japan upgrading air forces in response to regional threats

SINGAPORE, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Japan, concerned about rising regional tensions, will spend more on defense, government officials said.

Cubic tapped for F-35 combat training system

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has tapped Cubic Defense Systems to design and integrate a combat training system for F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

Lockheed produces 100th F-35

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin's production of F-35 Lightning II aircraft has hit the century mark, the company reports.

Turkey produces first F-35 center fuselage

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The first Turkish-made center fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II has been delivered to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman by Turkish Aerospace Industries.

Rolls-Royce gets new order for F-35B lift systems

LONDON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Rolls-Royce has received a new contract from Pratt & Whitney to produce more of its LiftSystem aircraft propulsion systems for the F-35 Lightning II program.

Britain taps MBDA for more Brimstone missiles

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Missile-maker MBDA will continue to provide Brimstone air-to-ground missiles to Britain's Ministry of Defense under a five-year follow-on order.

Boeing, Lockheed team to win USAF bomber contract

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin have announced they will partner to compete for a U.S. Air Force contract to build a next-generation, long-range bomber.

Military gives Pratt & Whitney F-135 LRIP modification

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Pratt & Whitney has received a contract modification from the U.S. Department of Defense for the sixth low-rate initial production lot of F135 engines.
Magellan touts work on F-35 horizontal tail assemblies

Magellan touts work on F-35 horizontal tail assemblies

TORONTO, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The first complete ship set of horizontal tail assemblies from Magellan Aerospace has been installed on an F-35 Lightning II aircraft by Lockheed Martin.
Northrop delivers fuselage for Australian F-35

Northrop delivers fuselage for Australian F-35

PALMDALE, Calif., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The first of 100 center fuselages for F-35 Lightning II aircraft to be built for Australia has been delivered to Lockheed Martin by Northrop Grumman.
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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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