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F-35 passes 300th delivery milestone

The 300th production-standard F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) was delivered by Lockheed Martin and the Joint Program Office (JPO) on 11 June. The milestone at the Fort Worth facility in Texas took place some seven years after production-standard deliveries first began in May…

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Is the F-35 About to Be Delayed (Again)?

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has advised the Pentagon to hold off moving into full-rate production with the F-35 fighter until the plane’s crucial issues are resolved, a potential new delay before lead contractor Lockheed Martin is able to fully cash in on the long-troubled program. The GAO, in…

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Contract Award: Weather Shelter

Today, the Army awarded a contract to Watterson Construction Company, Post Office Box 220670, Anchorage, Alaska 99522-0670.  The amount of this action is $82,125,000.00.   This contract is to construct F-35A Weather Shelter, Squadron #2.  The work will be performed at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. …

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Lockheed Martin’s F-35 has flown in combat

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 aircraft has reached a new milestone. The stealth fighter jet built at Lockheed Martin’s sprawling west Fort Worth campus has been flown for the first time in combat. Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin disclosed this week that the planes…

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Senate panel targets Turkey’s participation in F-35 program

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of an annual defense policy bill has three provisions targeting Turkey, a NATO ally with which the United States has had increasing tensions. Two provisions in the committee’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) relate to Turkey’s…

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Air Force strategy speeds F-35 tech & more

The Air Force is now massively speeding up development for hypersonic weapons, missile warning systems and F-35 upgrades as key parts of an emerging new strategy emphasizing risk taking, prototyping and experimentation early in the acquisition process. The service is now accelerating a plan to…

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House introduces bill to halt F-35 sale to Turkey

House Foreign Affairs Committee member David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is renewing last year’s efforts to block an F-35 fighter jet sale to Turkey over its military aggression toward U.S.-backed forces and concerns the NATO ally is becoming too cozy with Russia. Cicilline on Thursday introduced a…

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Taking stock of economic development opportunities

Jeff Stepp thinks Alaska is at an inflection point: “It’s a pivotal time in Alaska’s history and economy because of the confluence of the loss of federal earmarks and the decline of the price of oil, which contributed greatly to our economy during the last…

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Cockpit demonstrator simulates F-35 capabilities

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – Lockheed Martin is giving community leaders a closer look at the F-35 Lightning fighter jet and its capabilities Thursday. The company set up the F-35 cockpit demonstrator, an interactive simulator that highlights the fighter’s advanced technologies and combat capabilities. “There are…

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CSAF Civic Leaders Visit Eielson

A civic leader tour hosted by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force visited Eielson Air Force Base April 28, 2018;this was the final stop in a broad tour of the Pacific Air Forces area of responsibility that included visits to Guam, Hawaii, Korea…

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