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December 16, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The final conference report on the fiscal year 2012 defense appropriations bill proposes cutting $109 million from advanced procurement funding for the carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and expresses concern about the state of the JSF program in general. At press time (Dec. 16), the House and Senate were set to vote on the conference agreement.
December 16, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Despite recent media reports that the Indian government plans to double its buy of P-8I anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance aircraft, a Boeing spokesman says the company has not entered into negotiations with Indian officials yet.
December 16, 2011 | Inside the Army

Congressional
authorizers and appropriators last week zeroed out the service's $540 million
request for the Army's Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance
System aircraft in passing the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill, a
cut that the service is not expected to fight, as a senior service official
tells Inside the Army.

December 16, 2011 | Inside the Army

Lawmakers
have dropped the requirement for an outright stop to the retirement of the C-23
Sherpa fleet, but they are requesting a study of intra-theater airlift
capabilities that would show what kinds of requirements the soon-to-retire
planes is still filling for the Army.

December 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon would be required to establish an airship czar, whose responsibilities the defense secretary has some latitude to define, under legislation key House and Senate lawmakers agreed to this week, a development that comes as the military's renewed interest in using lighter-than-air vehicles for both intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as well as airlift missions grows.

December 13, 2011 | Daily News

The arresting hook system on the carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is too short to reliably grab the cable on carrier decks upon landing and will require extensive modifications to fix -- and the aircraft may need a structural redesign if those don't work, according to an internal report on JSF concurrency dated Nov. 29 and provided to InsideDefense.com by a non-Defense Department source.

December 13, 2011 | Daily News

An internal Defense Department report detailing major, unresolved design problems with the Joint Strike Fighter, which recommends that DOD reconsider its F-35 procurement and production plans, was triggered by U.S. and British operational testers who, the report states, had "significant concerns" about the F-35's lethality, survivability and air performance characteristics.

December 13, 2011 | Daily News

A Defense Department report analyzing the concurrency-related risks to the Joint Strike Fighter program concludes that the aircraft's next-generation helmet display continues to suffer from deficiencies that make it less functional than legacy equipment, and a proper corrective action has yet to be identified.

December 09, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Boeing is ramping up production of the P-8A Posiedon anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance aircraft as the company and the Navy prepare for an operational evaluation in June and initial operational capability in 2013.
December 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is appealing a Senate proposal to have Lockheed Martin absorb all overrun costs for the next production lot of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

December 07, 2011 | Daily News

Key lawmakers have asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to assess the readiness of the Air Force variant of the Joint Strike Fighter to begin flight training and weigh in on an issue that has pitted the Pentagon's top weapons tester against the F-35 joint program office.

December 05, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon has reached a tentative agreement with Lockheed Martin on "key terms" for the fifth batch of Joint Strike Fighter jets, a fixed-price contract deal that includes a "concurrency" clause requiring the prime contractor to shoulder a portion of the costs for additional F-35 development work, according to a Defense Department statement.

December 05, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force's senior civilian has confirmed that there are still "outstanding risks associated with the Joint Strike Fighter flight training" at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, a sign of concurrence with the Pentagon's top weapons tester that the F-35 is not yet ready for unmonitored flight or formal training.

The comments also appear to overrule objections from the F-35 program office and the chief of the Air Force's Aeronautical Systems Center, who wrote in an Oct. 24 memorandum that the fighter jet's airworthiness characteristics were progressing well.

December 02, 2011 | Inside the Army

An amendment to the Senate's fiscal year 2012 defense
authorization bill that would halt the retirement of C-23 Sherpas pending
further studies on intra-theater airlift missions was not included in the final
version of the measure last week, though another amendment giving states the
right to claim retiring C-23s made it through.

December 02, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include a statement issued by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA), at 2:11 p.m.)

The General Electric-Rolls-Royce team building a second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter has decided to discontinue self-funding of the F136 engine, marking the end of the engine's development, the companies announced today.

December 01, 2011 | Daily News

The Senate has approved legislation that would direct the Pentagon to furnish lawmakers with an explanation of how the Marine Corps' Joint Strike Fighter variant, the F-35B, can end its "probation" imposed in January by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

On Nov. 30, the Senate agreed to an amendment to the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill that establishes a criteria for probation, a status not set forth in Pentagon acquisition regulations and policies.

December 01, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Boeing's failure to immediately notify the Navy that a P-8A Poseidon aircraft contained a suspect counterfeit part is not expected to impact the program's ongoing production, but it will be documented in an upcoming assessment report, according to the service.

November 30, 2011 | Daily News

NEW YORK -- A senior Pentagon official today rejected claims made this month by Lockheed Martin's chief executive officer, who said "concurrency" rules being advanced by government F-35 negotiators reflect new policy. Those rules would shift costs for additional development work to the company.

November 23, 2011 | Inside the Army

As Boeing
works to build four engineering and manufacturing development aircraft for the
Army's Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance program within
15 months, the service's EMARSS program manager said accelerating the schedule
carries risk.

November 23, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Despite U.S. Central Command's high hopes to demonstrate a light attack aircraft soon that could quickly aid troops in counterinsurgency efforts, a lack of funding and support has grounded the Combat Dragon II experiment for the moment and placed it at risk of suffering the fate of Imminent Fury, the effort that came before it.

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