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Alcan Builders gets $20 million Eielson contract

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks company Alcan Builders Incorporated was awarded a $20 million contract Tuesday for construction to prepare for the F-35 fighter jets. It is the largest F-35-related contract so far awarded to an Interior business. The contract is for Alcan Builders to construct a…

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Contract Award: Weapons Intelligence Facility

PRESS RELEASE – I’m pleased to announce today’s contract award for the design and construction of an Operations Support Squadron Weapons and Tactics Intelligence Facility at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. This project, known as EIE385, will provide a 12,000-square-foot facility to support the…

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Airmen integrate with F-35, improve air dominance

EIELSON AFB – During the F-35 Lightning II’s pre-Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, Airmen from the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron had the opportunity to work with all three variants of the Joint Strike Fighter. Tactical Air Control Party Airmen coordinate air support with joint…

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Second-biggest Eielson F-35 contract awarded

FAIRBANKS—A joint venture between a Washington company and an Alaska company has won the second-biggest Eielson Air Force Base construction contract so far associated with preparing the base for F-35 fighter jets.  The Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that an approximately $44.4 million contract…

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Japan eyes F-35B to defend remote isles

Japan is considering operating F-35B fighter jets from around fiscal 2026, in an effort to utilise airports on remote islands and thereby improve the nation’s capability to defend the isles. Considered the most advanced stealth fighters, F-35Bs are currently operated by the US military based…

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$10.7B Set Aside in US Budget to buy F-35s

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to ask Congress for 77 F-35 aircraft made by aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp., the DoD said Monday. The order, part of the $686 billion President Trump allocated to the DoD in his fiscal year 2019 budget request, comes with a…

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JOTT Conducts F-35 Cold Weather Testing

In April 2016, the Air Force made an announcement that would change Eielson AFB history. After a lengthy analysis of the installation’s operations, environmental factors and cost, the Secretary of the Air Force selected Eielson AFB to be the first operational USAF location outside the…

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F-35 Problems Remain, Testers Say

The annual report from the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) again contains serious criticism of the F-35 program. Unresolved problems in the development, plus availability and reliability issues, are all of concern. “The operational suitability of the F-35 fleet remains at a…

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Japan Deploys First F-35A Stealth Fighter

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has deployed its first F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) variant of the aircraft, at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture in the northernmost part of Honshu on January 26, Japan’s Ministry…

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Firm lands $58 million contract for F-35A buildout at Eielson AFB

Anchorage’s Watterson Construction Co. has won the largest military construction project so far associated with the F-35A buildout at Eielson Air Force Base. The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that Watterson was awarded a $58 million contract to design and build a hangar for one of the two F-35…

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