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Germany Says the F-35 is the “Preferred Choice” to Replace its Tornados

The country’s air force says only a fifth generation design will do, but it’s not clear if that’s a realistic option. Despite a plan to jointly develop its own fifth generation fighter jet with France, Germany is still very interested in joining the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The…

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House, Senate negotiators agree to add funding for 20 extra F-35s

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on an annual defense bill that authorizes $700 billion for the Pentagon in the 2018 fiscal year, a dramatic increase over what President Donald Trump sought, as lawmakers aim to restock what they say is a depleted U.S. military….

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Air Force gives borough mayor F-16 ride-along

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor, Karl Kassel, visited Eielson Air Force Base earlier this month to experience a little bit of what it’s like to fly as an Aggressor pilot. A special invitation from the Commander of the 3-54th Fighter Wing, COLONEL DAVID…

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Air Force F-35s Will Deploy to Asia in November

Days after the F-35A Lightning II touched down in Seoul, South Korea, for the International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, known as Seoul ADEX 2017, the Air Force announced it plans to deploy a dozen of the Joint Strike Fighters to Japan next month. Pacific Air Forces on Monday said approximately 300…

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Southcentral companies get biggest Eielson contracts

FAIRBANKS — The F-35 construction boom at Eielson Air Force base as been good for Alaska businesses this summer, but so far southcentral contractors have beat out Interior Alaska companies to the biggest jobs. To date, six contracts worth $94.5 million have been awarded to prepare…

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Eielson’s F-35s Will Offset Economic Slump for Fairbanks

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel said the buildup associated with two squadrons of F-35 warplanes that’ll be coming to Eielson Air Force Base in a couple of years will offset decreases in population and state funding that are both being driven by Alaska’s…

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USAF conducts cold weather testing at Eielson AFB

The US Air Force (USAF) is set to conduct cold weather testing on F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in a bid to ensure that the fifth-generation multi-role fighter aircraft performs optimally in harsh weather conditions. The aircraft arrived at Eielson Air Force Base (AFB),…

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F-35 has arrived at Eielson with Norwegian test pilot

FAIRBANKS – An F-35 fighter jet arrived at Eielson Air Force Base Thursday on an equipment-testing mission, according to a news release from the Air Force. It’s the first F-35 to land at Eielson. The F-35A Lightning II is here to test two main types…

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‘No Classified F-35 Info’ Stolen in Australia Hack

WASHINGTON: An unnamed contractor in Australia was hacked by an unattributed hacker who stole what the BBC says was “sensitive” information about the F-35 and other Antipodean weapon systems. “It could be one of a number of different actors,” Christopher Pyne, the minister for defense industry, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp….

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Secret F-35, P-8, C-130 data stolen in Australian hack

In November 2016, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) was alerted by a “partner organisation” that an attacker had gained access to the network of a 50-person aerospace engineering firm that subcontracts to the Department of Defence. Restricted technical information on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter,…

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