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Assembly of first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II (BK-1) for United Kingdom completed

The first international Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, designated BK-1, and destined for the United Kingdom, rolled out of the airframer’s Fort Worth, Texas factory Sunday evening. The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence will use the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) jet, for training and operational tests. BK-1 will undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line …

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Should India abandon the Multi-Role Combat Aircraft tender and move direct to a fifth generation F-35?

Last week I read an interesting article by Ajai Shukla in the Business Standard newspaper. Ajai argues that India should abandon its $10+ billion Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender and directly purchase the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II fifth generation multi-role fighter. While the article does tend to get a little bogged down by the politics surrounding Indian defence …

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