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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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Pentagon Taking Control of Cost-cutting in F-35 Program

FORT WORTH — The Pentagon is taking a firmer grip of the F-35 budget-cutting controls in an attempt to trim down costs in the billion-dollar joint strike fighter program. The Pentagon has determined that Lockheed Martin’s internal cost-cutting program — the Blueprint for Affordability —…

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Air Force sending one F-35 to Eielson for testing

FAIRBANKS — After years of hearing about the new F-35 fighter plane that’s coming to Eielson Air Force Base, Interior residents may get to see one. The 354th Fighter Wing announced Wednesday that one F-35A Lighting II will be at Eielson for testing this month. It’s not one of…

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Air Force Readies 2 Turboprops For War

Textron‘s AT-6 Wolverine and Sierra Nevada-Embraer‘s A-29 Super Tucano could get a chance to show off their abilities against the Islamic State or al-Qaida in a combat test next year, as the Air Force looks at possibly buying up to 300 relatively cheap, light-attack aircraft by 2022. The…

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Air Force developing software sustainment for jet

As almost everything in today’s commercial and military world is underpinned by some type of software capability, the sustainment of that software is of critical national security importance. The services around the military are beginning to take internal looks at how they do software sustainment…

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Eielson Utilidor Contract Awarded

PRESS RELEASE – American Mechanical Inc. (Fairbanks), Brice Civil Constructors Inc., (Anchorage), Osborne Construction Co. (Kirkland, Washington), and Patrick Mechanical LLC (Fairbanks) will share in a $48,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for repair of utilidors and various other utilities at Eielson Air Force Base, various other military…

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