Lockheed Martin tells ANN that its F-35 flight test program
continues to make progress. Since the last flight test update
issued on Sept. 20, the F-35 Lightning II 5th Generation multirole
fighter conducted 185 test flights, bringing the total number of
test flights for the year to 837. A major highlight for
October was the completion of F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing
(STOVL) ship suitability testing aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) off
the coast of Virginia. The test began when BF-2 executed the first
shipboard vertical landing on Oct. 3. The next day, BF-2 executed
the first short takeoff from the WASP. During the third week of sea
trials, BF-2 and BF-4 operated simultaneously on the ship.
Combined, they accomplished 72 shor
Apache Nation Representatives Participate In Ceremony
On Wednesday, at the Boeing plant where they're manufactured,
the first five examples of the Block III AH64D Longbow Apache
combat helicopters were delivered to the US Army. The Arizona
Republic reports the delivery, held in Mesa, included a ceremonial
blessing on the machines bestowed by White Mountain Apache Tribal
Chairman Ronnie Lupe.
Dedicated Asset Allows UAS Test Directorate To Assess New
Technologies, Support New Missions For Marine Corps
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, UAS Test
Directorate, has established and demonstrated a dedicated Shadow
Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System for test and evaluation purposes.
The system will be used to support U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Small
Tactical UAS Program Office (PMA-263) test and evaluation
initiatives, including the Wide Focal Plane Array Camera (WFPAC)
payload development effort.
Second Multiyear Helicopter Contract Could Mean Substantial
Savings For Government, Taxpayers, Company Says
A proposal for a multiyear contract for the production and
delivery of 155 CH-47F helicopters has been submitted to the U.S.
Army by Boeing. "This second multiyear contract proposal will
provide not only the vertical lift capability that warfighters use
and need every day, but also will generate hundreds of millions of
dollars in savings for taxpayers and the U.S. government," said
Leanne Caret, Boeing vice president, H-47 Programs.
Airplane Is Number 250 In The 'J' Series Of Airlifters
The 250th "J" series C-130 Super Hercules has been rolled out of
Lockheed Martin's Marietta, GA, factory ... destined for Dyess Air
Force Base, Texas, which is scheduled to receive a total of 28
C-130Js. This aircraft is the 2,404th C-130 of all makes and models
to be built in Marietta.
Government Looks To Purchase Three Aircraft, Parts,
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress
Thursday of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of
Turkey for three AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopters and
associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an
estimated cost of $111 million.