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Lockheed, Pentagon cite improved F-35 quality work since end 2012

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp has resolved many quality problems on the $392 billion F-35 fighter jet program since a troubling audit by the Pentagon inspector general's office last year, top U.S. government and industry officials said on Monday. The officials were commenting on a report on the year-long assessment by the inspector general, which was completed in December 2012 but not released until Monday.

Pentagon aims to finalize Lockheed F-35 contract within days

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon expects to finalize a contract with Lockheed Martin Corp <LMT.N> for the sixth and seventh batches of F-35 fighter jets within days, the deputy director of the $392 billion program said on Wednesday. Navy Rear Admiral Randy Mahr, the No. 2 official in charge of the F-35 program, said all but two issues had been resolved, and he hoped to get those addressed soon.

Dutch to buy JSF fighter jets in 4.5-bn-euro deal

The Netherlands will buy 37 new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) from US-based Lockheed Martin in a deal worth 4.5 billion euros ($6 billion) to replace its ageing fleet of F-16s by 2019, the country's defence minister said Tuesday. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced the long-debated purchase in a letter to parliament at the presentation of the government's 2014 budget at the Lower House's official opening in The Hague.

Pentagon says not worried about F-35 costs/orders 'death spiral'

By Andrea Shalal-Esa NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland (Reuters) - The Air Force general who runs the Pentagon's $392 billion F-35 program on Tuesday said he was fairly optimistic the new Lockheed Martin Corp fighter jet would survive the next round of U.S. budget cuts, but said he was determined to continue lowering its cost.

Exclusive: Belgium considers Lockheed F-35 to replace F-16s - source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. government officials have briefed the Belgian government about the capabilities of the Lockheed Martin Corp <LMT.N> F-35 fighter jet, as Brussels prepares to replace its aging fleet of 60 F-16s, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said Belgium was considering buying 35 to 55 of the new radar-evading F-35 jets. No decisions are expected until late 2014 at the earliest.

Pentagon says not worried about 'death spiral' of F-35 costs/orders

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland (Reuters) - The Air Force general who runs the Pentagon's F-35 fighter program on Tuesday said communications with top contractors Lockheed Martin Corp and United Technologies Corp had improved greatly in the last year. Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan told the annual Air Force Association conference that the F-35 program was making slow but steady progress, and that he saw strong support from the U.S. military services and foreign partners.

S. Korea to announce winner of fighter jet project next week

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will select the winner of its fighter jet project next week, with Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle deemed a favorite as it is the only candidate to meet the 8.3 trillion won (US$7.2 billion) budget, the state procurement agency said Tuesday. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has completed biddings and evaluations on three jets -- Boeing's F-15 SE, Lockheed Martin's F-35 and the EADS' Eurofighter -- and briefed President Park Geun-hye on the results last week.

Lockheed eyes 40 percent savings on next F-35 logistics contract

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp <LMT.N> said it is close to an agreement with the Pentagon for a more portable and 40 percent cheaper version of the operations and logistics system that controls the F-35 fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program.

Cleared for take-off: New Zealand's personalized jetpack gets flight permit

A specialised version designed for the military and first responders should be ready by mid-2014, while a simpler model aimed at the general public is expected to be on the market in 2015.

F-35 price cut in offing with new deal inked between Pentagon and aircraft-maker

OTTAWA - The maker of the controversial F-35 is touting the new lower cost of the stealth fighter in a new agreement signed with the Pentagon. Officials at Lockheed Martin say the price tag for the next two batches of the radar-evading jet built for the U.S., Australia, Italy, Norway and Britain will see successive price cuts of four per cent each year, and increased production.
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