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Turkish TF-X fifth-generation fighter concept

Turkey unveils new stealth-fighter concept as the US prepares to kick its ally out of the F-35 program

The program was started to replace the aging F-16 fleet, but it may take on new urgency as the US prepares to kick Turkey out of the F-35 program.
F-22 Raptor

China and Russia say they can see through US stealth, but US F-22s and F-35s are expected to dominate for decades

China and Russia probably can spot US stealth fighters in certain situations, but it takes more than that to beat an American fifth-gen aircraft.
Two F-35C Lightning II aircraft

F-35 stealth fighter is still struggling with a string of big problems even as the Pentagon talks about ramping up production

America's most expensive weapon ever is still facing some troubling problems as the Pentagon prepares to make the jump to full-rate production.
The USS Gerald R. Ford underway on its own power for the first time, April 8, 2017.

The Navy’s newest supercarriers can’t deploy with the new F-35 stealth fighters, and Congress is not happy about it

The Navy's efforts to create new supercarriers are problematic, and Congress has finally decided to do something to make it clean up its mess.
A U.S. Navy F-35C Lightning II, attached to Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing, the 'Argonauts' of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, completes a flight over Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Feb. 1, 2019.

Here are 5 of the worst weapons projects the US military has in the works

The US military churns out a lot of really awesome weapons, but sometimes these programs turn into real nightmares.
Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team pilot, performs over Miami Beach, Fla., May 26, 2019.

US Air Force F-35s drew an accidental sky penis with their contrails in a stealth fighter dogfight

Two F-35s went head-to-head against four more stealth fighters in a mock dogfight. They left behind contrails that were, well, phallic.
President Donald Trump with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the UN General Assembly in New York, September 21, 2017.

The US is getting closer to punishing Turkey for buying advanced Russian weapons, but now another US partner is signing up to buy them

Turkey and the US are still discussing Ankara buying the S-400, but now US lawmakers want to block Turkey's F-35s and another US partner wants S-400s.
F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

More pieces of Japan’s missing F-35 have been found, but what happened to the stealth fighter remains a mystery

Parts of the flight recorder and cockpit canopy have been found, but key data that could explain what happened to the fighter is missing.
US Air Force Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, an F-35 pilot, the Melbourne Air and Space Show in Florida, March 30, 2019.

The Air Force blasted missiles out of the sky with a laser that could one day arm fighter jets

The Air Force says this weapon could be a game-changer — one that could defend US aircraft from incoming missiles with an endless amount of firepower.
F-35B Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, are secured to the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1)

The US wants to ‘push back’ on China’s new stealth fighter by sending more F-35s to the Pacific

A general commanding US air assets in the Pacific says the US needs more F-35s in the region to counter China's push to field new stealth fighters.