F-35 Lightning II – last of the manned fighters?

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With the US Marine Corps set to declare initial operating capability for its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) before the end of July, many are again asking if there will ever be another manned fighter, or if the JSF truly is the last of its kind.

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Marine F-35B conducts first operational testing at sea

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The multi-role aircraft, which sports electronic warfare, ISR and kinetic attack capabilities, is the linchpin of the Marine Corps’ future amphibious strike capability. It will be a vital tool for the service that serves as the nation’s go-to crisis response force, said Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, the assistant commandant for Marine aviation, while observing the testing that began May 18 and will continue through May 29.

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Chinese engineer arrested for stealing F-35 technology

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Yu Long, a 36-year-old Chinese engineer was arrested for stealing sensitive proprietary information on titanium used to develop the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Washington’s Defense News air warfare correspondent Aaron Mehta said in his recent article.

Mehta said that Yu is a resident of New Haven, Connecticut. He was arrested and charged with “transporting, transmitting and transferring in interstate or foreign commerce goods obtained by theft, conversion or fraud” on Nov. 7. It carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to US$250,000. The arrest of Yu was sealed until its official announcement on Dec. 9.

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F-35 Chief Puts Heat On Pratt’s F-35 Engine Cost

Much of the $4.5 billion in F-35 procurement cost increases in the past year — part of a $7.8 billion total program increase — to the U.S. portion of the program are due to overly rosy projections on the anticipated decline in the “cost curve,” or price to build the stealthy fighter, says U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 program executive officer…

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