Lockheed Martin appears willing to bite the bullet to bolster the F-35 program, saying last week they had discussed with top Pentagon buyer Ash Carter—who has said he wants the company to share cost and schedule pain—putting future award fees toward more test aircraft, reports Reuters. CFO Bruce Tanner told Bloomberg News that Lockheed likely would recoup those lost fees by keeping the program on schedule and possibly selling additional fighters. Meanwhile, BF-1, the first test short takeoff/vertical landing variant, which arrived Nov. 15 at NAS Patuxent River, Md., for testing, has remained on the ground pending replacement of some faulty parts, reports Aviation Week. Initial tests at Pax River, expected to begin this week, will be baby steps, with the aircraft performing shorter takeoff runs and slower landings as Marine operators build toward the aircraft’s first vertical landing, according to a USMC release.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…