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Navy to Test 7 Lockheed-Built F-35B Aircraft Aboard USS America Warship

Navy to Test 7 Lockheed-Built F-35B Aircraft Aboard USS America Warship - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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F35The U.S. Navy will conduct developmental and operational tests of seven Lockheed Martin-built F-35B Lightning II aircraft aboard an amphibious assault ship.

Five of the seven F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing variant are scheduled to enter the operational testing phase onboard the USS America (LHA-6) vessel while the remaining two fighter jets will begin the third phase of the shipboard developmental test, the Navy said Monday.

Lt. Col. Tom “Sally” Fields, F-35 Patuxent River integrated test force government flight test director assigned to air test and evaluation squadron 23, said the F-35 Pax River ITF and VX 23 will subject F-35Bs to developmental test over the next three weeks to assess how the fighter jet operates in the “3F configuration.“

The marine operational test and evaluation squadron 1 will conduct operational tests of the STOVL aircraft aboard USS America in an effort to prepare pilots and maintenance crews for the jet“™s initial deployment aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1) ship, Fields added.

USS America is designed to accommodate F-35Bs, MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and helicopters from both the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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