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First F-35 crash; pilot safe

2018-10-01
On September 28, a day after the first Lockheed Martin F-35B combat strike, an F-35B stationed at USMC Air Station Beaufort crashed a short distance from the base. The aircraft was part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501.
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F-35 gets cold treatment in step toward IOC remedy

2015-02-11
At the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin AFB, an F-35 will ultimately be tested in all the meteorological conditions representative of those locations from which it will operate, ranging from the heat of northern Australia to the bitter cold of the Arctic Circle.
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U.S. DoD orders 255 Lockheed Martin F-35 military combat aircraft in $22.7B deal

2018-11-16
Department of Defense (DoD) to deliver 255 of its F-35 fifth-generation military combat aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, issued the contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price advanced acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001) for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions. ...The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, issued the contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price advanced acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001) for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions.
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Lockheed looks to improve efficiency with Ubisense IIoT solution

2017-12-11
As Lockheed Martin Aeronautics ramps up production of its fifth-generation F-35 fighter program, it is also looking to improve manufacturing efficiency. This month, the company has licensed Ubisense SmartSpace for deployment at its Fort Worth, TX facility.
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The Air Force’s new unmanned wingmate completes inaugural flight

2019-03-20
The long-range, “high subsonic” aircraft is part of AFRL’s Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) portfolio, which was established to break the escalating cost trajectory of tactically relevant aircraft and provide an unmanned escort or wingmate aircraft for Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II and Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
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Raytheon looks to upgrade carrier landing system for ground use

2019-03-07
The Raytheon Company (Raytheon), based out of Waltham, Massachusetts, is currently paying for a Joint Precision Approach and Landing Systems (JPALS) software upgrade with independent research and development funds. The company hopes to convince the U.S. Air Force to use JPALS – a system used to help aircraft land on aircraft carrier decks – in its expeditionary land operations.
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Pratt & Whitney receives $437M for continued adaptive engine development

2018-09-12
Pratt & Whitney was awarded the contract modification by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the Adaptive Engine Transition Program. Through AETP, Pratt & Whitney was tasked with designing, fabricating, integrating, and testing complete, flight-weight adaptive engines – the contract modification allocates funding for “risk reduction” activities related to adaptive engine development.
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New SAE standard focuses on manufacturing management

2014-08-20
A soon-to-be-published SAE International standard, AS6500, is designed to encourage suppliers and OEMs to put more focus on manufacturability during the early phases of a product’s life cycle. The objective: more reliable, affordable, and on-schedule weapon systems.
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