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What the Future F-35  Will Look Like
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What the Future F-35 Will Look Like

The F-35, which has undergone a 20-year design and development effort, is scheduled for a slew of technology upgrades to keep the aircraft current. The new tech should allow pilots to be more aware of their surroundings, drawing data from different sources to come up with a plan to attack the enemy. The upgrades also include a 50...

Turkish Airpower has a Fifth Generation Aircraft Problem
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Turkish Airpower has a Fifth Generation Aircraft Problem

Executive Summary: Major NATO nations have already begun receiving fifth generation aircraft, while some others, such as France and Germany, have preferred temporarily flying with 4.5 generation platforms in order to make a long jump directly into sixth generation airpower in the coming decades. Against this backdrop, Turkey is in serious trouble. Its exclusion from...

Turkey no longer a team player for the West
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Turkey no longer a team player for the West

Turkey receives increasing criticism from NATO and has drifted away from the European Union due to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “particular brand of Turkish nationalist populism”, research fellow at Australian think tank Lowy Institute Rodger Shanahan wrote on Monday. Turkey is “increasingly becoming the piece of the NATO puzzle that just won’t fit,” Shanahan said in...

US Air Force to buy 8 F-35A originally built by Lockheed Martin for Turkey
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US Air Force to buy 8 F-35A originally built by Lockheed Martin for Turkey

 After a year of speculation about what would happen to Turkey’s F-35s after the country was ousted from the joint strike fighter program last year, the Defense Department gave its definitive answer Monday evening in a characteristically anticlimactic manner — through its daily contract announcements. The U.S. Air Force will officially buy eight F-35A conventional takeoff and landing...

Hypersonic Weapons: How the F-35 Becomes the Ultimate Stealth Fighter?
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Hypersonic Weapons: How the F-35 Becomes the Ultimate Stealth Fighter?

The Air Force’s F-35A and the Navy’s F-35C internally can carry no more than four AIM-120 air-to-air missiles, although Lockheed is developing a special rack that could boost this number to six. HAWC apparently is too big to fit in the F-35’s internal weapons bay. To minimize the F-35’s radar signature, Lockheed designed the plane to carry...

Japan unveils timeline for indigenous fighter jet program
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Japan unveils timeline for indigenous fighter jet program

Japan has created a timeline for the development and fielding of its locally made next-generation fighter jet, with serial production set to start at the beginning of the next decade. The Japanese Ministry of Defense presented the draft development plan for the fighter program to a group of lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on...

UK may not upgrade all F-35Bs to Block 4 standard
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UK may not upgrade all F-35Bs to Block 4 standard

The United Kingdom may not upgrade all of its early model Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft to the latest Block 4 standard later this decade, declaring it will decide numbers based on ‘military capability requirements’. Answering a question in the House of Commons Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Jeremy Quin,...