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  • Japan Commits to Acquire 105 Additional F-35 Aircraft

    Japan Commits to Acquire 105 Additional F-35 Aircraft

    December 28, 2018

    On Dec. 18, 2018, Japan’s National Security Council and Cabinet authorized acquisition for 105 additional F-35s beyond the already approved 42 F-35s in the Japan Program. Total procurement is now established at 147 F-35 aircraft which will make Japan the largest international customer on the F-35 Program. 

  • Lockheed Martin Meets 2018 F-35 Production Target with 91 Aircraft Deliveries

    Lockheed Martin Meets 2018 F-35 Production Target with 91 Aircraft Deliveries

    December 20, 2018

    Lockheed Martin delivered the 91st F-35 aircraft for the year, meeting the joint government and industry delivery target for 2018 and demonstrating the F-35 enterprise’s ability to ramp to full rate production.

    The 91 deliveries in 2018 represent nearly a 40 percent increase from 2017 and about a 100 percent…

  • 31st TES Begins F-35 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation

    31st TES Begins F-35 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation

    December 12, 2018

    The 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron kicked off the Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II Initial Operational Test and Evaluation with a large force employment sortie from Edwards AFB, California, Dec. 5.

    “The sorties consisted of seven F-35s performing both offensive counter air, suppression of enemy air defenses…

  • F-35s Begin Auto GCAS Test Flights

    F-35s Begin Auto GCAS Test Flights

    November 15, 2018

    Auto GCAS saves lives. That’s the bottom line for those involved in testing the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System. The 461st Flight Test Squadron recently began test flight missions with the F-35 aircraft and the Auto GCAS at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

    “Auto-GCAS saves lives, it’s been proven in…