Israel is planning to adopt indigenously-built Stand-Off guided weapons for the F-35 fighters they are buying.
Rafael has begun work to merge the Spice 1000 Electro-Optically, Stand-Off guided weapon to bomber, according to C4Defence.
The aircraft will be able to carry the weapon in either internal or external configuration. The electronic warfare, data links and specific software modes developed for the Israeli air force will remain unique to Israel and not delivered to any other user. The first will arrive in Israel in 2017.
Last year, Avaition Week reported that Israel has ordered 19 F-35s that will be equipped with Israeli electronic warfare equipment as part of a $2.75 billion deal that includes options for up to 75 jets.
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is close to signing the first contract for Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft, UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was quoted as saying by Reuters Television. The UK MoD will soon place a firm order in a bid to have the first squadron ready to start flying training off the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier in 2018
The South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) will finalize the purchase of 40 Lockheed Martins next-generation F-35 jet fighter jets later this year. "We will push to sign the contract in the third quarter, after testing and further negotiations," Jung Kwang-Sun, the DAPAs aircraft department director, was quoted as saying by various media report
Cubic Defense Systems has won a $18.3 million contract from Lockheed Martin to design and integrate its latest-generation air combat training system for the F-35 Lightning II
The US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into Honeywells export and import procedures after it was found that the firm used Chinese parts on the F-35 aircraft. Besides using $2 magnets on the aircrafts radar system, landing gears and other hardware, Honeywell also used simple thermal sensors that were made in China in 2009 and 2010
The Pentagons most expensive fighter aircraft program, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, will cost operators “less than any fourth generation fighter in the world”. According to Lorraine Martin, general manager for the JSF, “By 2019, the F-35A (the Air Force version) will cost $85 million when counting future inflation
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has delivered its first F-35 Lightning II centre fuselage to Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin at a ceremony held at TAI's facilities in Ankara, Turkey yesterday. The centre fuselage will be installed into a U S Air Force aircraft at Lockheed Martins facilities in Fort Worth, Texas
Indian Microwave products manufacturer, Astra will form a joint venture with Isreals Rafael defense systems for production and supply of tactical radio communication, electronic warfare and signal intelligence systems. The venture will commence with an investment of $20 million (INR 133 crore) in the first two years
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will debut the C-DOME, a Naval Point Defense System at the AEROINDIA 2015 this week. The system is designed to effectively protect combat vessels against a large set of modern threats
The US Defense Department has awarded a $10.2 million contract to advance its F-35 JSF deliveries to the Israeli Air Force
The Pentagon is planning the international debut of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at the Farnborough Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo, according to a Reuters report. The F-35B is the likely model that would be displayed
The US Marine Corps F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program would be delayed further due to glitches in software development and testing, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Earlier reports said the F-35s is scheduled to reach “initial operating capability” by mid-2015
The Republic of Korea has formally selected the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft for its F-X fighter acquisition program. "We are honored by and appreciate the trust and confidence the Republic of Korea has placed in the 5th Generation F-35 to meet its demanding security requirements
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