Goodbye Edwards, Hello Nellis: The 31st TES

Edwards Air Force Base, California, said farewell to six of its F-35 Lightning II’s in October. The F-35s were transferred to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to continue initial operational testing. The 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, a tenant unit at Edwards, recently completed their portion of the mission of…

Projecting Power with the F-35 in the Direct Defense of Australia

By Marcus Hellyer One of the ironies of the current debate about how Australia should adjust its military strategy in light of the changing great-power balance in the Indo-Pacific is that many of the participants—regardless of their views on the future of US military power—make similar recommendations, namely, that Australia…

European F-35 Milestones: November 2019

By Andrew McLaughlin Two European JSF partner nations operators have achieved significant milestones with their F-35A Lightning II fleets. On November 6, Norway declared it had achieved an initial operational capability (IOC) of its F-35A following a testing deployment to Rygge Air Station, away from its Ørland Main Air Station…

Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th AN/APG-81 AESA radar for F-35

Northrop Grumman has delivered its 500th AN/APG-81 fire control radar for the F-35 Lightning II. The Northrop Grumman AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array is the cornerstone of the F-35s advanced sensor suite, providing unparalleled battlespace situational awareness that translates into platform lethality, effectiveness and survivability.  “As a principal member of the…

The IDF Hosts Blue Flag 19: A Fifth Generation Enabled Air Combat Exercise

The Israeli Air Force is hosting a five day exercise in the south of the country involving over one thousand personnel from four nations, the US, Germany, Italy, and Greece. The IDF's F-35s are a key part of the exercise. Currently the IAF has 14 F-35 Adir aircraft and is…

F-35 Demo Team: Oregon

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander performs aerial maneuvers during the Oregon International Airshow Sept. 22, 2019 in McMinnville, Oregon. The F-35 Demo Team co-headlined the show for the Royal Air Force Red Arrows. MCMINNVILLE, OR, UNITED STATES 09.24.2019 F-35A Demo Team Public Affairs

NAS Lemoore and the F-35 C: The Perspective of Captain Max McCoy

In an interview with VADM Miller earlier this month in San Diego, the F-35C Wing Commander joined by phone and participated in the interview. And he provided an update on the F-35C in the Carrier Air Wing and its impact. Captain Max McCoy highlighted what one might call the forcing…

In the Footsteps of Admiral Nimitz: VADM Miller and His Team Focused on 21st Century “Training”

By Robbin Laird As Admiral Nimitz confronted the last century’s challenges in the Pacific, he concluded a core lesson for this century’s Pacific warriors: “Having confronted the Imperial Japanese Navy’s skill, energy, persistence, and courage, Nimitz identified the key to victory: ‘training, TRAINING and M-O-R-E  T-R-A-I-N-I-N-G.’ as quoted in Neptunes’s…