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Air Force Eyes AI for Teaming Fighter Jets With Drones; Will Roper Quoted

The U.S. Air Force has begun to assess whether it can integrate an artificial intelligence platform, Skyborg, into an F-35 or F-15EX fighter aircraft to enable pilots to control the Kratos Defense-built XQ-58 Valkyrie unmanned air vehicle and other drones, Defense News reported WednesdayWill Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, told the publication Tuesday that the service is in talks with Lockheed Martin and Boeing on the plan to team fighter aircraft with drones through the Skyborg program.

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Report: Air Force Eyes Procurement of Eight Boeing-Built F-15Xs in FY 2020 Budget Request

The U.S. Air Force will seek funds in its fiscal 2020 budget request to procure eight upgraded versions of Boeing-built F-15 fighter aircraft as part a five-year plan to buy 80 of the planes, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The service will propose purchasing F-15X planes in its budget request expected by March 11 without cutting the number of its planned purchase of Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jets, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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Michele Evans: Lockheed Eyes Reduced Purchase Price, Maintenance Cost for F-35 Program

Michele Evans, who assumed the role of executive vice president for Lockheed Martin’s aeronautics business area in October 2018, has discussed the company’s efforts to reduce the price of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft and other plans for the fighter jet program, the Dallas Business Journal reported Wednesday. Lockheed plans to lower the price of the F-35A variant to $80M by 2020, according to the report.

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Lockheed Reports Production Savings for Lot 11 F-35 Simulators; Amy Gowder Quoted

Lockheed Martin has realized approximately $45M in savings to produce 15 full-mission simulators for the 11th batch of low-rate initial production F-35 fighter jets. The company said Tuesday the production savings can be attributed to the integration of 3D-printed components into simulators, use of automation and implementation of long-term supply chain …

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CAE Releases Visual Training Platform for Military Fighter, Fast Jet Pilots; Gene Colabatistto Quoted

CAE has unveiled a new technology platform for military clients to train fighter and fast jet pilots in simulated environments. The Medallion MR e-Series Visual System features a 360-degree dome display, laser projectors, image generators, night-vision goggles and a support system for the Open Geospatial Consortium’s common database, CAE said Tuesday. The …

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DoD OKs Operational Test of Lockheed-Built F-35

Lockheed Martin has received approval from the Defense Department to start full combat testing of its F-35 fighter aircraft, Bloomberg reported Friday. Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, cleared the plan for the fighter jet to begin operational tests after “concurring” with the recommendation of the program manager …

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