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June 17, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department, at the request of the British government, is working to arrange a permanent swap of Joint Strike Fighter aircraft between the transatlantic allies in a cost-neutral deal that would give Washington one short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing JSF purchased by U.K. taxpayers in exchange for an aircraft-carrier JSF variant the Navy plans to buy.

June 17, 2011 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill would require Lockheed Martin, the Joint Strike Fighter's prime contractor, to absorb 100 percent of all cost overruns on the production lot now under negotiation.

June 16, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy's E-2D Hawkeye program is poised to conclude contract negotiations with Northrop Grumman that will further implement a new Defense Department initiative that challenges programs to come in under budget, according to program manager Capt. Shane Gahagan.

June 10, 2011 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee wants to boost the amount of research and development funding for the Air Force's next-generation bomber by $100 million above the Defense Department's request, according to documents reviewed by InsideDefense.com.

In its fiscal year 2012 budget request submitted to Congress in February, DOD asked for $197 million in research, development, test and evaluation funds for the new bomber aircraft, but the committee has chosen to bump that amount to $297 million in FY-12, the documents state.

June 03, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marines have no intention of solidifying a new initial operational capability date for the troubled short-take-off, vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter anytime soon after abandoning the original December 2012 goal, according to a Marine Corps spokesman.
June 03, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is taking a closer look at modifying its C-2A carrier-based cargo aircraft or buying a clean-sheet alternative, according to a Navy official and a document posted on Federal Business Opportunities last week.
June 02, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's new director of defense pricing, Shay Assad, will play a key role in advising and assisting the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and other multibillion-dollar efforts as they conduct contract negotiations and aim to hit "should-cost" affordability goals.

May 31, 2011 | Daily News

Boeing's production line for the FA-18 E/F Super Hornet could handle a moderate surge if the Pentagon or foreign countries decide to purchase additional aircraft while waiting on the Joint Strike Fighter, the company's top military aircraft executive said today.

May 27, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The engineering is "in place" to make the necessary fixes to correct problems that plagued the Marine Corps' short-take-off, vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and prompted Defense Secretary Robert Gates to put the aircraft on probation, but Lockheed Martin is "not part of the discussion" on getting off probation, an industry representative said last week.
May 27, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps' version of the Joint Strike Fighter won't achieve initial operational capability until 2014 or 2015, and the schedule for the Navy's F-35C carrier variant is also certain to slip, senior service officials testified on Capitol Hill last week.
May 27, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services airland subcommittee told Inside the Navy after a hearing last week that he thinks the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force are being "fair and also realistic" in their estimations of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
May 25, 2011 | Daily News

Despite new Pentagon efforts to trim a $1 trillion operations and sustainment cost estimate for the Joint Strike Fighter program, F-35s are likely to be more expensive to operate than the aircraft they replace, according to a senior DOD official.

The original goal behind JSF was the development of a next-generation fighter that would be 25 percent less costly to operate than the F-16.

May 24, 2011 | Daily News

The Marine Corps' version of the Joint Strike Fighter won't achieve initial operational capability until 2014 or 2015, and the schedule for the Navy's F-35C carrier variant is also certain to slip, senior service officials testified on Capitol Hill today.

May 24, 2011 | Daily News

Funding a second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter would cost the Defense Department $480 million over the next year, according to the Pentagon’s acquisition chief.

May 24, 2011 | Daily News

American companies are "well-positioned" to compete for Indian defense contracts over the next several years, despite the elimination of two U.S. fighter aircraft from India's Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition, a State Department official said today.

U.S Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake called the elimination of Lockheed Martin's F-16 and Boeing's F/A-18E/F from the MMRCA competition a "great disappointment." India plans to spend more than $10 billion on 126 MMRCAs.

May 23, 2011 | Daily News

The contractors building the Joint Strike Fighter's second engine are setting aside about $100 million to fund the development and testing of the engine in fiscal year 2012, with testing to be conducted at a contractor-owned facility, according to a statement issued today.

The statement, which lays out the types of tests planned by the GE-Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team (FET) for the F136 engine in the next fiscal year, says the contractors expect to self-fund the engine until the end of FY-12. Whether to continue to self-fund the project beyond then will be determined later.

May 20, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has discovered engineering solutions for each of the problems in the Marine Corps' troubled short-take-off, vertical-landing variant, and the aircraft should be able to emerge successfully from its two-year probation, Vice Adm. David Venlet, JSF program executive officer, told reporters last week.
May 20, 2011 | Inside the Navy
A Government Accountability Office official praised some of the recent steps taken by the Defense Department to fix the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program at a hearing last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee, but he said the outlook of the program is still not good due to continued setbacks that have plagued the program.
May 20, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Although Boeing could increase its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet production capacity by about 50 percent, the company doesn't think it will need to despite the possibility of more U.S. and international purchases of the aircraft, according to Mike Gibbons, Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G program manager.
May 20, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Naval Air Systems Command is working to individually tackle the biggest cost drivers on the high operations and sustainment costs for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the head of the command said last week.

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