How the F-35 became the most expensive fighter jet ever built

The F-35 stealth fighter jet was supposed to be a groundbreaking aircraft that would replace a multitude of already existing fighter jets in their role and thus help rationalize supply chains and costs. However, the fifth-generation fighter jet cost has since exploded to become the most expensive weapon program in military history. The budget is now estimated to reach $1.5 trillion over the operational life of the aircraft....


Norway’s F-35 deliveries steady as international tensions rise

In the evening of September 27, 2020, three Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jets reached Norway’s Ørland Airport, as the Nordic nation continues to joust with Russia over the Barents Sea....


Israel opposes any potential US sale of F-35 fighter jet to UAE

Despite the recently established diplomatic relation between two Middle Eastern countries, Israel opposes any potential Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters sales by the United States to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as it could diminish its military superiority....


US COVID relief act includes $1.4B for F-35 fighter jets

The new $1 trillion COVID-19 aid bill introduced by United States’ lawmakers contains funding for new F-35 fighter jets as the Senate seeks to battle the pandemic in more ways than one....


Turkey denies procurement plans for Russian Su-35

The Turkish minister of Defense denied media reports that the country was about to acquire around forty Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to replace the hundred F-35A aircraft it expected before being evicted from the Joint Strike Fighter program....


The Netherlands to acquire nine additional F-35A fighter jets

The Dutch Ministry of Defense announced the planned acquisition of nine additional Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter jets. The contract is valued at €1 billion and should eventually be followed by another order for six more aircraft....


Airbus withdraws Eurofighter Typhoon from Canadian tender

Confirming the rumors that spread earlier this summer, Airbus announced its withdrawal from the Canadian fighter jet replacement tender, citing NORAD security requirements and recent changes to the industrial specifications....


US excludes Turkey from F-35 program, Russia sends counter-offer

After years of negotiations, the U.S. authorities finally began the process of excluding Turkey from the F-35 program due to its decision to acquire the Russian S-400 air defense system. Russia reacted by offering Turkey to buy its Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets instead....


Airbus and Boeing ready to drop the Canadian fighter jet tender?

Airbus and Boeing might consider withdrawing from the tender launched by Canada for new fighter jets. Both manufacturers allegedly believe that the process has been rigged in favor of Lockheed Martin....


Trump confirms Poland’s decision to acquire F-35A fighter jets

President of the United States Donald Trump confirmed Poland’s decision to purchase 32 F-35A fighter jets, as part of a larger deal that will see the U.S. strengthen their defense relationship with the EU member state, as Turkey is about to be phased out of the Joint Strike Fighter program....