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Jul 16, 2014

U.S. open to slower Boeing deliveries, but no extra cost

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy
might agree to accept slower deliveries of Boeing Co
F/A-18 fighter jets and EA-18G electronic attack jets to help
extend the company’s production line, but not if that adds cost
to the program, a Navy official said Wednesday.

“The Navy could probably accept some slower deliveries, but
my marching orders are not to do that at any additional cost to
us,” Captain Frank Morley, who heads the F/A-18 and EA-18G
program for the Navy, said at the Farnborough air show.

Jul 16, 2014

35 engine mishap, UK “no show” rich in lessons learned

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 16 (Reuters) – The engine failure
that grounded Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets and
the warplane’s now-cancelled appearance at two UK air shows
provided key “lessons learned” for the companies that build the
jets, and the military forces that use them.

While the outcome was disappointing for air show visitors
and many people involved in the F-35 program, U.S. military and
industry officials said both the engine incident and air show
planning allowed them to learn a lot about handing future
problems and taking the jets overseas.

Jul 16, 2014

Airbus offers Poland core status in helicopter bid

FARNBOROUGH England (Reuters) – Airbus Group is ready to offer Poland a sweeping partnership alongside its core European nations to support its bid for a major military helicopter contract, a senior executive told Reuters.

The proposal comes as Airbus Group competes with Sikorsky of the United States, a unit of United Technologies, and AgustaWestland, owned by Italy’s Finmeccanica, in a contest to sell 70 rotorcraft worth an estimated $3 billion.

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. lifts F-35 grounding but skips British air show

FARNBOROUGH England (Reuters) – U.S. military officials have approved limited flights for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets, but the Pentagon said the newest U.S. combat jet would not make its international debut before potential buyers this week.

The F-35, the world’s most expensive weapons project with a price tag of about $400 billion, has been grounded since the massive failure of a Pratt & Whitney engine on a U.S. Air Force F-35 plane at a Florida air base on June 23.

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. approves limited flights for F-35 fighters

FARNBOROUGH England (Reuters) – U.S. military officials have approved limited flights for Lockheed Martin’s (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) F-35 fighter jets, improving the chances of the newest U.S. combat jet making its international debut before potential buyers this week.

The F-35, the world’s most expensive weapons project with a price tag of about $400 billion, has been grounded since the massive failure of the Pratt & Whitney (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) engine on a U.S. Air Force F-35 plane at a Florida air base on June 23.

Jul 9, 2014

Hammond says F-35 jets may miss RIAT air show this week

LONDON (Reuters) – British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said Lockheed Martin Corp’s (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) F-35 fighter jet may miss the Royal International Air Tattoo air show this week given a fleet-wide grounding ordered after an engine failure last month.

But Hammond told a conference in London on Wednesday that he was “still optimistic” that the new warplane would be cleared to fly in time to make a delayed international debut at the world’s biggest air show in Farnborough, outside London, next week.

Jul 9, 2014

UK minister says F-35 jets may miss RIAT air show this week

LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – British Defence Secretary Philip
Hammond said Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet may
miss the Royal International Air Tattoo air show this week given
a fleet-wide grounding ordered after an engine failure last
month.

But Hammond told a conference in London on Wednesday that he
was “still optimistic” that the new warplane would be cleared to
fly in time to make a delayed international debut at the world’s
biggest air show in Farnborough, outside London, next week.

Jul 7, 2014

Most F-35 engines inspected; U.S. contract talks on hold for now

WASHINGTON, July 7 (Reuters) – Most of the 97 Lockheed
Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets grounded last week have
been inspected, and officials hope to wrap up the remaining
inspections on Monday, which could pave the way for the
resumption of flights of the Pentagon’s newest warplane, U.S.
military officials said.

Senior officials with the U.S. Navy, Air Force and F-35
program office, as well as from Britain and the Netherlands,
will review the results of inspections of the jets’ Pratt &
Whitney engines to determine whether and under what
circumstances to resume flights.

Jul 4, 2014

U.S. grounds entire F-35 fleet pending engine inspections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military said it had grounded the entire fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane’s single engine built by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

The Pentagon’s F-35 program office, Air Force and Navy issued directives on Thursday ordering the suspension of all F-35 flights after a June 23 fire on an Air Force F-35A jet at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, according to statements by the Pentagon and the F-35 program office.

Jul 2, 2014

Exclusive: U.S., UK officials prepare inspection order for all F-35s

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and British military officials are working on a joint directive to require mandatory inspections of engines on all Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, after an Air Force F-35A caught fire at a Florida air base last week, said sources familiar with the situation.

That incident was the latest to hit the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program, the $398.6 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and came as the plane was preparing for its international debut at two air shows in Britain.