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February 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2019 budget request includes funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's new Follow-On Modernization plan, dubbed Continuous Capability Development and Delivery, but it is unclear whether the projection incorporates a new cost estimate for the effort.

February 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget request reveals some details of its plan to retire legacy B-2 and B-1 bombers as it begins to field the B-21 in the mid 2020s.

February 14, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's budget outlook for Next-Generation Air Dominance has nearly doubled in its fiscal year 2019 funding request, which proposes $9.8 billion over the next five years to support continued experimentation and risk reduction for a new air dominance family of systems.

February 14, 2018 | Daily News

Budget uncertainty may stall a contract award this spring to construct an F-35B vertical lift-fan test facility at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC, to support depot-level maintenance.

February 13, 2018 | Daily News

Air Force officials say the service is still targeting an annual F-35 production rate of 60 aircraft, but in the near term, the focus is on maintaining a "manageable ramp" in order to avoid undue strain on its production and logistics infrastructure.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is pursuing new battle management and command-and-control efforts after abandoning the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program in its fiscal year 2019 budget request.

February 09, 2018 | Daily News

Sources told Inside Defense this week they expect the Air Force will not fund the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2019 request, a stark change of course from its original plan.

February 09, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department is in the midst of several test and training range upgrades in preparation for F-35 initial operational test and evaluation as well as to support the fifth-generation aircraft's long-term range needs.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is "not declaring victory" over the problem of pilots suffering physiological episodes in the T-45C Goshawk trainer or the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet although rates of occurrence have greatly decreased in the trainers.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force will hold a conference this week to determine the next steps for addressing a recent string of physiological events that has grounded the T-6 training jet.

February 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is broadening the mission set of the P-8A Poseidon fleet to include anti-surface warfare, disaster response, search and rescue and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

February 02, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force has opted not to conduct a combat demonstration of light-attack aircraft capabilities, and will instead continue experimentation with two non-developmental aircraft -- Textron's AT-6 Wolverine and Sierra Nevada and Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano.

February 02, 2018 | Daily News

Developing an operationally representative environment to test the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's Autonomic Logistics Information System could help the program identify and fix problems earlier, according to the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation.

February 01, 2018 | Daily News

The lack of a fiscal year 2018 funding appropriation has stalled new military construction contracts at Eielson Air Force Base, AK, that are key to preparing the base to begin receiving F-35s in 2020.

February 01, 2018 | Daily News

The Joint Strike Fighter availability rate holds at a steady 50 percent, but a new report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester reveals an increase in the number jets that cannot fly because maintenance personnel are awaiting replacement parts.

January 26, 2018 | Daily News

The F-35 program office has not purchased another F-35B ground article nearly a year after halting durability testing because the originial test jet was no longer production representative.

January 26, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is working with the Pentagon's top weapons tester to "reconcile" concerns raised this week that KC-46 electromagnetic pulse testing completed last summer may not have met the conditions of the program's test and evaluation master plan.

January 25, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy will complete the operational evaluation of the America-class amphibious assault ship's ability to support 20 Joint Strike Fighters in fiscal year 2020, according to a new Pentagon report.

January 25, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's new chief weapons tester said in his 2017 report he expects initial operational test of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will likely begin late this year -- a shift from his predecessor's prediction that operational testing could be delayed until 2020.

January 24, 2018 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office's first stab at a revamped modernization strategy "was not executable" because of a lack of testing resources and a too-optimistic schedule, according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

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