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Pentagon Grounds F-35 Fleet Following Crash

The Pentagon grounded its fleet of F-35 strike fighter jets on Thursday, weeks after one crashed in South Carolina in another setback for the advanced aircraft that has long been mired in mechanical problems. The decision to halt F-35 flights stems from what the military…

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F-35 Wins Pentagon Approval for Combat Testing

Pentagon weapons buyer Ellen Lord has approved plans to begin full combat testing of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35, a major step toward full production of the fighter jet planned for next year. Lord, the under secretary for acquisition, “certified readiness to enter operational testing after concurring”…

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FNSB Final Eielson Regional Growth Plan

We are very excited to announce release of the FINAL FNSB Eielson Air Force Base Regional Growth Plan. Important details for accessing the final plan are outlined below. Thank you to everyone that provided feedback throughout the planning process, including your input on the draft plan…

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America’s most expensive weapons system got cheaper

The Pentagon’s largest weapons supplier just cut a deal with the Defense Department for the next batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters — a program with an initial acquisition cost of $406.5 billion. The latest contract for 141 of Lockheed Martin’s F-35’s will come at a…

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The US F-35 has entered combat for the first time

The US has sent the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter into combat for the first time, CNN reported Thursday, citing defense officials. A Marine Corps F-35B launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex conducted an airstrike in support of ground clearance operations on a fixed…

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United Technologies awarded $454M for F-35 work

United Technologies has received contracts totaling $454 million for procurement and services for engines on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The two contract awards, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, cover services for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense participants and…

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Contract Award: Radar Control Facility

Today, the Army awarded a contract to White Mountain Construction LLC, 561 East Steel Loop, Suite 200, Palmer, Alaska 99645-6688. The amount of this action is $14,850,000.00. The cumulative total of this contract is $14,924,689.32. This contract is for the construction of the Long Range Discrimination…

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F-35s at Eielson have schools preparing for influx

The basing of F-35 fighters at Eielson Air Force Base will increase the number of school-age kids in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. A federally-funded borough growth plan projects a six percent increase over the next decade. That equates to adding 1,900 students to an…

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Lockheed Pitching F-22/F-35 Hybrid to U.S. Air Force

Lockheed Martin is quietly pitching the U.S. Air Force a new variant of the F-22 Raptor, equipped with the F-35’s more modern mission avionics and some structural changes, Defense One has learned. It is one of several options being shopped to the U.S. military and allies as Lockheed explores how it might…

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F-35A Nose Down At Eglin AFB After Inflight Emergency

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighter from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force base has made an emergency landing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Though there are still limited details about what happened, the stealthy fighter apparently suffered an…

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