Visiting the F-35 Final Assembly Line, Fort Worth

03/01/2015
02/26/2015: By Robbin Laird I had not visited the Final Assembly Line or FAL in Fort Worth since late 2012. Much has changed as the line has matured, and a line stood up in Cameri, Italy and one being built in Japan. The first Italian FACO F-35 rollout will happen…

Successful MEADS System Test

11/08/2013
11/08/2013: The MEADS missile defense system developed by the United States, Italy and Germany intercepted and destroyed two targets simultaneously in a final test. The system provides unique 360 degree capabilities for protection of mobile forces as well as fixed sites.  Credit: White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs:11/6/13  Lockheed, which…

The Italian F-35 FACO: A Key Asset in the Global F-35 Support System

12/05/2012
2012-12-05 We have written often about allies and their role in the F-35 program.  We have also written about the unique aspects of the impact of the F-35 as a fleet of aircraft.  And we have brought the two together in a discussion of evolving Pacific strategy and the potential…

HSC 28 train with Italian Special Forces

04/16/2012
Members of the Italian navy's Gruppo Operativo Incursori board the commercial ferry Excelsior via fastrope from an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 Detachment 1. HSC-28, Detachment 1, based out of Naples, Italy, is participating in bilateral training with the Italian naval special forces. [slidepress gallery='hsc-28-train-with-italian-special-forces']Credit:U.S. Naval…