A US Navy jet crashed Sunday night southwest of NAS Kingsville, Texas, the Navy announced Monday. Both pilots of the T-45C Goshawk, assigned to Training Squadron 21, ejected safely, according to a news release. The crash occurred during a routine training mission, and the cause is under investigation. The services have been hit by a number of jet mishaps in recent months. Just over a week ago, a Navy F/A-18C Hornet crashed near NAS Fallon, Nev.
The F-35 Joint Program Office has officially announced plans to issue multiple sole-source contracts to Pratt & Whitney to upgrade the fighter’s F135 engine—a widely expected move after Pentagon officials indicated they would do so earlier this year instead of developing an entirely new engine.