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2014-08-25 12:20:39

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program continued a steady path of flight test milestones in August, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours, all demonstrating program maturity. "The test milestones are a direct result of the detailed planning, coordination and execution between various government teams and the integrated test force," said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's...

2014-07-24 20:20:28

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A ceremony was held today at Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], commemorating the official roll out of the first two F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140724/130276 "Today, we celebrate a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, a partnership built on strength, friendship, and technological innovation," said Frank Kendall, U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for...

2014-07-17 08:20:35

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Farnborough Air Show - Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, has signed a depot activation contract with Aerospace Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Norway to establish a Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul, & Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for the F135 engine which powers the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. This initial contract will include planning and management activities required for depot...

2014-07-10 12:21:12

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Department of Defense announced an agreement aimed at reducing the price of an F-35 Lightning II 5(th) generation fighter to the equivalent of today's 4(th) generation fighters by the end of the decade. Designated "The Blueprint for Affordability," the DoD and F-35 industry partners - Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems signed an agreement to implement cost reduction initiatives to lower the production costs of F-35...

2014-06-05 12:20:48

Increased efficiencies allow company to steadily increase rate of production. PALMDALE, Calif., June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has marked another significant production milestone for the F-35 Lightning II program by delivering its 150(th) center fuselage to F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The center fuselage is the core structure around which the aircraft is built. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121024/LA98563LOGO...

2014-05-29 20:20:20

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. and NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, Md., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In three separate flight tests on May 27th, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II aircraft demonstrated air-to-air combat capability, completed the first flight test with the next level software load and accomplished a landing at the maximum test speed and drop rate. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140529/92431 In the Point Mugu Sea Test Range airspace off the Central...

2014-05-20 08:22:41

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), recently participated in a series of Live Fire Tests (LFT) in conjunction with the Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) Weapons Survivability Laboratory (WSL) to assess the F135 propulsion system's performance against ballistic damage. The F-35 LFT included a series of tests designed to better understand the capabilities and vulnerabilities of the F135...

2014-05-20 08:22:39

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney today announced that the first F135 engine has been delivered to the F-35 Final Assembly Check Out (FACO) facility in Cameri, Novara, Italy. This engine - the 137(th) delivered to date - is also the first F135 engine produced in Pratt & Whitney's West Palm Beach Engine Center; the company's brand new, state-of-the-art 97,000-square-foot production facility. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp....

2014-05-08 16:21:34

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II aircraft fleet, which surpassed 16,000 cumulative program flight hours to date in April, flew a monthly record high for System Development and Demonstration (SDD) with 282 flight hours and 153 flights in April. "The SDD fleet achieving more than 150 flights in one month speaks to the quality of this aircraft and the commitment of this team," said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice...

2014-04-15 16:20:53

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program. "Flying 15,000 hours itself demonstrates that the program is maturing, but what I think is even more impressive is the fact that operational F-35s accounted for more than half of those flight hours," said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Test & Verification. "While...


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