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March 01, 2011 | Daily News

The unit cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will rise by as much as $5 million in the coming years due to the Pentagon's decision to delay the purchase of some aircraft as well as the likelihood that foreign military sales partners will follow suit, according to Air Force Maj. Gen. C.D. Moore, JSF deputy program executive officer.

“We're expecting some ramp refinements,” Moore said today at a Credit Suisse conference in Arlington, VA. “They [FMS partners] may be looking for an adjustment of possibly pushing planes right.

March 01, 2011 | Daily News

The carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter will be the first Navy version of the F-35 to achieve initial operational capability, a service official said today.

February 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will lose about $1.3 billion in Joint Strike Fighter funding over the future years defense plan due to the Defense Department's decision to defer buying 124 aircraft, according to a Navy spokeswoman, despite the Pentagon's assertion earlier this year that the money would go back to the services.
February 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has its eye on extending the service lives of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets all the way out to 12,000 hours, far beyond the 9,000 hours the service is currently working toward, according to fiscal year 2012 budget justification documents.
February 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is killing a program that sought to create a vehicle for special operations capable of both flying through the air and submerging underwater.

February 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The two-year "probation" period for the F-35B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter was designed to give the program time to resolve and test out engineering changes without creating a retrofit problem, the head of Navy acquisition said last week.
February 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy decided to buy seven additional P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft through fiscal year 2016 to add "flexibility and stability" to the program, according to a Navy spokeswoman.
February 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
In his first public comments since taking over as program executive officer of the Joint Strike Fighter program last year, Vice. Adm. David Venlet last week said the program is adding more than 1,800 test flights to its schedule and pulling in production aircraft to help bear the testing load in a bid to get the troubled program back on track.
February 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is reevaluating its approach to maintenance and could move away from relying on contractors for those services in order to address concerns about total ownership costs for a wide range of new platforms, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said last week.
February 15, 2011 | Daily News

In his first public comments since taking over as program executive officer of the Joint Strike Fighter program last year, Vice. Adm. David Venlet said today that the program is adding more than 1,800 test flights to the schedule and pulling in production aircraft to help bear the testing load in a bid to get the troubled program back on track.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to invest $197 million in maturing technologies for the new long-range penetrating bomber, according to the fiscal year 2012 budget request released today.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy heavily boosted Fire Scout buys, added seven P-8As to the future years defense plan and made the expected additions and subtractions to its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet procurement and Joint Strike Fighter buys, according to the president's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal rolled out today.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force has moved $3.4 billion gathered through operating efficiencies in the fiscal year 2012 budget over to enhance funding for several initiatives including F-15 radar modernization, the block purchase of space launch vehicles and the purchase of MQ-9 Reapers, according to a top service official.

February 10, 2011 | Daily News

The U.S. intelligence community was not caught off guard by last month's first flight of China's J-20 stealth fighter and has concluded that the aircraft program -- which has been described in initial reports as a fifth-generation platform -- faces numerous hurdles before reaching its “full potential,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress today.

February 09, 2011 | Daily News

The long-range, stealthy bomber the Air Force plans to develop should be designed with hard points so it can carry weapons or other equipment externally if need be, according to Paul Kaminski, the head of the Defense Science Board and a former Pentagon acquisition chief.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced last month that the Air Force will make a major investment in a new long-range, nuclear-capable penetrating bomber. This aircraft, which will have the option of being remotely piloted, will be part of a joint portfolio of conventional deep-strike capabilities, he said.

February 09, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's recent cost and schedule troubles stem from years of trying to do too much too soon in the program, according to Defense Science Board chief Paul Kaminski.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is working toward a goal of extending 150 legacy F/A-18A-D Hornets to 10,000 hours, according to Capt. Mark Darrah, F/A-18 program manager.
February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
As an EA-18G Growler squadron undergoes its first deployment in Iraq, the program is "making adjustments" and fine-tuning aspects such as supply levels as the fleet gets used to a new airframe operating as the Navy's airborne jammer, according to Capt. Mark Darrah, the program manager.
February 04, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force may tap its modernization accounts to finance $5.8 billion in must-pay bills in fiscal year 2011 in the event Congress does not pass a defense appropriations bill and brace for other consequences that include severely disrupting planned MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft production and possibly grounding some of its F-15E fleet, according to senior service officials.

February 02, 2011 | Daily News

Navy and Marine Corps efforts to plow savings from efficiencies into investment accounts will permit the purchase of additional aircraft and eliminate the services' strike fighter shortfall, add $400 million to accelerate by three years the procurement of the Marine Personnel Carrier and a nearly $500 million boost to radio and small arms accounts, according to Navy Under Secretary Robert Work.

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